New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend Course Descriptions:

 
All courses are Pedal and Lever Harp Friendly.

BEN CREIGHTON GRIFFITHS:  
Preparing a jazz standard -
For this class, Ben will be taking the students through the process of preparing a jazz standard for solo performance. We will look at a number of different aspects of a jazz standard including intros and outros, the 'Head', and tackling Improvisation sections. We will also talk about how we can adapt our arrangements to best fit with other players in a band situation.
 
BEN CREIGHTON GRIFFITHS: 
Electronics and Amplification -
Drawing on his extensive experience of working with electronics, Ben will take the class through his regular set ups, explaining and demonstrating exactly what everything does and why he chose to use it. We will then discuss the huge wealth of electronic equipment available, how to choose exactly what you need, and tips and tricks for best applying and working with your equipment in concert.

 

MARTHA GALLAGHER: 
All That Jazz Discovering the fun of Jazz Standards on the Lever HarpOh, that fabulous music of the 1930’s, ’40’s, & ’50’s; 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 them
using techniques and tricks that will help demystify the chord possibilities and how to achieve them on lever harp with ease and panache.

MARTHA GALLAGHER: 
Harp on the Wild Side, Learning to play the Blues on lever harp  - It’s time for you and that harp of yours to take a little walk on the wild side. We'll be having a ball exploring techniques for playing blues on the harp. But baby, you’ve got to feel the music in your soul and exude a little attitude - oh yeah, we’ll be movin’ and a-groovin! Loads of fun as we get down n' dirty on the harp! Even if the Blues isn't your thing, it's a great way to get comfy with lever changes on the fly. Be sure to bring a harp that has at least F and B levers.


 

PATRICE FISHER:
Improvising in a Therapeutic Music Setting
  - Therapeutic Music is a rapidly growing field of opportunity for  harpists. We are mobile and acoustically, we don’t need much equipment to play for patients. We can easily travel to different parts of a health care facility. We will explore some concepts for memorizing a tune and stretching it out by improvisation, playing it at different speeds and taking the essentials of the harmony, rhythm and melody to create a healing environment.



PATRICE FISHER:  
Improvising on Latin Dance Tunes 
- Have you ever wanted to jump in on a jam session and get your listeners to get up and dance? We will explore a few simple Latin rhythms and easy standards that can help us break out of our stereotypical image as being the players of “Background Music” at a party. We can make a harp ensemble, where we split up the different parts of the rhythm, harmony and melody to create a richly syncopated musical landscape. Let the party begin!


 
LUKE BRECHTELSBAUER: 
A peek into Thelonious Monk and Django Rheinhart - These two early jazz explorers left a lot of material for us to learn from.  We will work on a couple tunes that exemplify what these early masters of swing and bop were all about.

LUKE BRECHTELSBAUER:
 
Classic Country Tunes -  One of the easiest and most fun ways to deviate from diatonic and get yourself changing levers and pedals is old-fashioned country music. These tunes are lots of fun on harp and there is a lot we can do with them.


 

REBECCA BABIN:  
Knowing Your Place in a Jam - This class will focus on how to assess the skills of everyone around you in a jam, and figuring out the best way to fit in.  Learn to play to your strengths and listen to others to make the best jam sound possible. 
 
REBECCA BABIN:  
Playing by Ear/ Thinking on Your Feet
- Ever have someone ask you to play with them but they have no music to give you?  This class will focus on how to play without a sheet of paper in front of you, and learning how to go with the flow.


 

RACHEL VAN VOORHEES:  
Let's Add Some Musical PIzzazz!
-  Ever want to take a tune that you love and see what you can do with it? This class will explore different ideas and skills to enhance your musical presentation.

RACHEL VAN VOORHEES:  
Why Do All These Tunes Sound The Same!  - There are so many musical selections with the same chord progressions. This class will focus on one standard progression that you'll be able to apply to many of the pieces in your repertoire.


 



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