Welcome to The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
at the Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold Ohio!

Workshops

Nicolas Carter:

- Guantanamera
If Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Jose Feliciano, Jimmy Buffet, and a zillion other recording artists have played this great tune, maybe you can bring smiles to your friends by playing it, too! Include Guantanamera in your repertoire, with a real Latin flair, a song loved all over the world. With Nicolas’ delightful teaching style, you will learn the bass pattern for the Cha Cha and practice playing along a rhythmic groove. After getting a feel of the relationship between the melody and bass pattern the group will explore ways to improvise and tag on decorative motifs. You are encouraged to use a recording device. Experienced beginners to intermediate players. Bring your harp!

- Playing Pachebel’s Canon in different Latin American rhythms
Let’s spice up the Canon with rhythmic variations, played as a Paraguayan polka, as a Paraguayan Guarania and note the subtle differences in the accents of similar Latin American music as the Mexican Son or the Venezuelan Jorocho. A great intro to Latin American traditions. Best for intermediate and advanced players.

- A Latin Christmas...
Here is an entertaining way to spice up your Christmas repertoire! Nicolas Carter has put a new twist on beloved North American traditional Christmas pieces so you can wake up your listeners with joyful rhythms and a delightful surprise to the ear. In this workshop you will learn to play "Joy to the World” as a Colombian Cumbia, a very popular Latin Dance style music, that will truly bring joy to the song! Ideal for intermediate players, but open to all harpists.

 

Martha Gallagher:

- Zen and the Art of the Small Harp – How less can be so much more
It is easy to think of what a small harp can't do as opposed to exploring and utilizing the vast creative possibilities it does have! Having fewer strings sets limits as to the notes one has to play but this also provides parameters. Set your misconceptions aside and discover how less can be wonderfully more! If you have a small harp (basically 22-27 strings), bring it. Martha will have several with her that people can share during the workshop. All levels welcome.

- Simple Gifts – Delight in simplicity
This fun and fascinating class is for beginner harp students. Participants will learn a lovely, slow tune that we'll use as our foundation for recognizing and analyzing potential stumbling blocks, learn strategies ford trouble-free playing and how to create rich and beautiful sounding arrangements using simple melodies and chords. Students can immediately put these tips, tools and techniques to use, personalizing and adding interest to the tunes they already know and new ones they will be learning on their harp adventures! Beginner level.

- All That Jazz
Oh, that fabulous music of the 1930s, '40s and '50s; that marvelous, magical music heard in so many wonderful old movies! Some of this music is pretty darned chromatic, but there are many pieces that can be played – and sound terrific – on the lever harp. We'll explore some of the techniques and tricks that will help demystify the chord possibilities and how to achieve them on lever harp with ease and panache. For Intermediate to advanced players, little or no jazz harp experience required.


Cass Jendzurski:

- Creative Classicals
We will set beautiful classical pieces with some easy chords. You will have a melody line to either play or sing along with the corresponding chords. Next you will creatively use the chords, playing or singing a beautiful classical piece from your heart. Knowledge of chord structure is helpful. Ideal for Beginners but all levels welcome.

- Modes a la Cass
Take this class and you will never have to shy away from the modes again! We will learn and discover patterns of intervals that can be used with any of the modes. Then you will be creative with the patterns, improvisation with a little bit of structure. Knowledge of intervals is helpful. Ideal for Beginners but all levels welcome.

- Folk Songs to Play, Sing and Dance
We will take three folk songs from three different countries and play them, sing them (for those who like to sing), and dance them (for those who like to dance). You can take home the ideas with you to share in your schools, churches or at family gatherings. Chord knowledge is helpful. Ideal for Beginners but all levels welcome.



Diane Michaels:

- But it sounded good when I practiced it!
Every student Diane has ever taught during a not-so-good lesson: 87% of music students want to improve. (Don’t bother researching this statistic, Diane made it up!) Unless you’re one of the alleged 13% who are content to flounder on their instruments, you have to practice. A lot. But it’s not just about practicing more; the real secret is you need to practice better. Diane will share practice hacks and fun activities to turn practicing from that thing that doesn’t get you the results you expect into an activity designed to help you achieve your goals in the most efficient manner.

- Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak - William Congreve,
the Mourning Bride
While we set out to entertain when we perform, we can also heal and educate through our concerts. Drawing from her experiences of interacting with audiences, Diane will share ideas for how you can design and present programs geared toward helping listeners both to forge a deeper connection to the music and to emerge from the performance soothed and restored.



Dr. Diana Rowan:

- World Harp Techniques: African!
Might be interesting for companions because the techniques are so cool sounding! Did you know the harp originated in Africa, and Africa still has the widest range of harps worldwide? In this workshop you’ll learn some of the fascinating, clever techniques of African harps. These flexible techniques sound three-dimensional because of their use of overlap, polyrhythms and sound effects. Add these techniques to any genre, composition or improvisation for instant freshness and mesmerizing texture. Hands-on – bring harps! Intermediate and up.

- How to memorize: the differences between practicing to learn vs. practicing to perform
Somewhat suited for companions: many of the ideas cross over into public speaking Have you had that disconcerting experience of practicing just fine at home, then going onstage with what seems like a totally unfamiliar song? You’re not going crazy, it’s just that practicing for mastery (learning songs) is very different than practicing for performance. In this workshop you’ll learn the main differences, and you’ll come away with separate practice plans both for solid mastery and confident performance. Hands-on – bring harps! All levels.

- Find your True Harp Purpose: the magic behind your inspiration and motivation
Sometimes we find ourselves floundering for inspiration and motivation. However, both are simply side-effects of the principle that rules them: Your True Harp Purpose. When you know your Purpose, inspiration and motivation flow magically. In this workshop, you’ll take the first solid steps toward identifying your Purpose. By the end of the weekend, I’ll wager you’ll have your Purpose much clearer! With a defined Purpose, you’ll be amazed at how energized your harp life becomes. Since this workshop covers core aspects of life, it is also suitable for companions. In fact, it would be perfect to have them attend so you can encourage each other over the long run! Suitable for companions. All levels.


Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon (TAPESTRY):

Denise:
- SPECIAL THURSDAY WORKSHOP: "Harping Outside the Box!"
Descriptions To Come...

- Where Do I Begin?
Have you just recently started to play the harp? Well, we will start at the very beginning, discovering basic theory, tuning, practicing, ergonomics and resources as well as how to make good use of those levers. Join us for this fun workshop of discovery and even fun tricks and tips. Bring along your questions and challenges. Especially for beginners.

- Sightreading is your Friend
Are you scared when someone says: “Here, sight-read this?!” Sight-reading will bring you freedom and confidence, allowing you to better communicate with fellow musicians, build your repertoire and even sight-read at a gig! We will discover how to easily recognize shapes, groups and fingerings; utilizing the skills you need (and some you already have!) to be successful. All levels, especially beginners.



Harper Tasche:

- Creativity On Demand (Improvisation for Fun and Profit)
Anyone can improvise! Learn different approaches to making music on the spot, how to create and develop musical ideas, playing well with others, and how to give your creations musical shape and direction. Skills needed: a willingness to play when you don't know what you're doing. Open to companions.

- Folk Harp Boot Camp I: Flying Fingers
When you pluck a harp string, what are your fingers actually doing? How intricately, quickly, and accurately can they move, and how relaxed can they be? Jump-start or revitalize your technique with two (often humorous) hours getting your fingers and hands to work independently and together. Come laugh your way to better playing with some of Harper's favorite finger exercises!

- A La Mode: Basic Modes And How To Find Them
What are modes exactly, and how can you keep track of them? How do modes relate to key signatures? What is a modal shift, or a modal transposition? Find the answers to these and other questions by learning the melodic and harmonic characteristics of seven common modes, and take away a sample tune to help you remember each one. Open to Companions.



Frank Voltz:

- I Feel Spatial (Geography of the Harp III)
Of course, you understand the concept of the spatial aspects of the harp. But what can you do to maximize your technique by applying these spatial aspects to your playing? How can I get my left hand to do one thing while my right hand is doing something else? Where’s my coordination? The spatial aspects of the harp can help you coordinate your hands, enjoy playing rhythmic patterns, learn music faster, play challenging passages faster, and move around the harp with ease. Yes, this workshop will make playing the harp easier – and then you’ll feel spatial (oh, ok… SPECIAL!).
ALL LEVELS

- Cascading Arpeggios
What does the harp do best? Arpeggios and glissandos! When you see and hear a harpist play ascending and descending arpeggios up and down the harp non-stop, it takes your breath away. Why? Because you wish you could do THAT (and because it is just simply gorgeous)! In this workshop, we will break them down into small bites, understand how to intertwine them, practice them, and polish them. Voila, you just added a new arsenal to your harp toolbox. We will start with “three fingers per hand” arpeggios and continue with “four fingers per hand” arpeggios. Think about it; if you're going to play the harp the rest of your life, how many arpeggios will you play between now and then? A lot! Learn to play them NOW so that you can enjoy playing them the rest of your life! INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED LEVELS

- Lever Harp End Game
Once upon a time, harp instructors and their harp students assumed playing the lever harp was transitional to playing the pedal harp. Those days are gone! Today lever harpists (they like to be called “harpers”) have overtaken the harp world and not only outnumber pedal harpists but can become very accomplished (even professional) harpists. This workshop looks at the current aspects and elements as well as future potential and opportunities of the lever harp, analyzes how you can get the most out of your lever harp (yes, there’s MORE), and how you can assess your current proficiency level and take steps to get to the next level in your musical harp journey. ALL LEVELS – For Lever Harp Only



Janet Brehm Ziegler:

- From Stage Fright to Stage Presence (How to use your anxiety for a better purpose)
This workshop is designed to help us analyze where our fears with performing come from, and how to direct that energy into a ful?lling and successful stage experience. Through a few exercises, games, and playing we will start a dialogue to create meaningful musical growth, con?dence, and understanding of what it means to perform without fear. No harp is needed in this workshop, please come with an open mind, and be ready to have some fun.