New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend Course Descriptions:
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All courses are Pedal and Lever Harp Friendly.
CLASS 1: Arranging Pop Songs
With so many clients requesting pop songs, learning to arrange & play songs you hear on the radio is a valuable skill. We’ll learn how to go about translating pop songs into harp songs.
CLASS 2: Business of Gigs & Networking
How do you find gigs? How do you market yourself? We’ll look at web presence, social media, working with agents, and avenues to take to help make yourself a busy harpist!
Louis Armstrong was one of most influential musicians in the development of early Jazz Styles. He was a native son of New Orleans. We will explore some of his most well known tunes.
Strengthening Your Improv:
Learn how to use both the original melody of the song and the chord structure to make your improv sound grounded. Focus on intervals and chords to make your improv sound bigger. There are easy ways and hard ways to do this, appropriate for all levels.
Intro to Polyrhythms Learn to play two rhythms simultaneously to spice up your arrangements, improvisation, and songwriting. Creative fun for the hands and the brain!
Traditional New Orleans Blues and Jazz
Learn a few tunes that represent where New Orleans music came from.
Make the most out of your harp playing time!
Do you want to play just for the joy of the sound of the harp? If so the class will give you tips for you, to make your time at the harp amazing every second no matter how long you have to play.
The Kreyol / Creole Connection
A harp-centered exploration of the music of Haitian (Kreyol) and New Orleans (Creole) cultures with a lens on their influences on soul and jazz.