Last week I taught another banner round of B&B lessons to an autoharp student, different again from all the previous students who join me here at home for five days of targeted music instruction. The list of topics collectively covered
One of my webcam autoharp students began playing melody a couple months ago (after a couple years of singing songs and strumming chords), and the learning curve really got kind of steep. Today, we zoomed in on the string hand,
Life has become really interesting around here on both the hammered dulcimer and autoharp fronts. I encourage players of both instruments to embrace what I’ve found.
Hammered dulcimer: One of my students is now learning to play jigs, and the subject
Last week while preparing dinner, I texted briefly with an autoharp friend. (I’d just bought a smartphone and now understand how addicting texting is, now that I don’t have to press the ABC button three times to get C.
Back on January 14, I said this:
“…I thought about a curious statement players sometimes make about my teaching: “She’s trying to make me play like her.” …I desire to teach basic skills in music-making to my students so that they
My webcam student, Al, is very much the beginning autoharpist, although I am impressed by the way his harmonic perception is growing.
I usually start new players off with singing songs and strumming chords. (If you are just starting out, this is an
One of the things I love about the hammered dulcimer is the ethereal sound that comes from striking unison courses. The tune “Cincinnati,” found both in Striking Out and Winning! and on Contra-Intuitive, is a fine example of unison magnification.
(My amazingly brilliant composer/pianist friend, John, plays along with
My dulcimer student Angie came for her weekly lesson a couple nights ago. Because her day job required her to work over the previous weekend, plus the weekdays on either side of it as well, she didn’t have time to set up
On Good Friday morning, I’d re-thought how to play a few measures in “Were You There?” (Where was that idea three weeks ago when I could have burned it into my brain more securely?) Smoothing a phrase also meant depressing a radically different
With Good Friday on the horizon, my practice sessions have necessarily turned to preparing “Were You There?” on the ultratonic autoharp for the church service this Friday afternoon. Memorizing the chords in the score took more time than I expected (but why