Deborah Henson-Conant’s Studio2020-02-09T13:28:52-04:00

Welcome to Deborah Henson-Conant’s Studio

“I’m passionate about hearing [a person’s] unique voice. I’m really passionate about the fact that each person truly has a unique voice.”

—Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated harpist who specializes in creativity, improvisation, and helping harpists find their unique voice. Scroll down to read more about her and listen to the full-length conversation.

Look for more great technique and repertoire videos from Deborah, including how to play her original compositions “New Blues” and “Baroque Flamenco,” coming soon!

How to Improvise using the 1-5-10 chord

How to Improvise—Part 2

Learn how to start improvising using the 1-5-10 chord. (Watch Part 1 of this series to learn how to build the 1-5-10 chord.)

How to Improvise—Part 3

Learn how to add cookie cutter chords and patterns to improvise with the 1-5-10 chord. (Watch parts 1 and 2 in this series to learn how to build and use the 1-5-10 chord.)

How to play “Baroque Flamenco”

Baroque Flamenco—Part 5

Learn the story behind Deborah Henson-Conant's original composition "Baroque Flamenco." Visit DHC's Harp Column Academy studio for more videos on how to play this piece!

Tips and Tricks

Using a Metronome

Learn why to use a metronome allow with Deborah's "penny method" for practicing with the metronome.

A conversation with DHC

Find out what Deborah Henson-Conant is passionate about, why she loves the harp, and how she can help you find your unique voice.

About Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant (also known as “DHC”) describes herself as a Grammy-nominated “one-woman orchestra.” A specialist in creativity and improvisation, she uses an electric harp, her own voice, and a looper pedal to layer sounds in real time, then weave solo lines and vocals above it.

“Forget the demure harpist—forget the Classical music—forget dozing off in the back row,” says DHC. She is a showman, entertainer and solid musician who’s been compared to musical greats from Leonard Bernstein to Elvis Presley. Her voice is compared to Carly Simon and Joan Baez; her playing to Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix; and her humor to musical comedian Victor Borge and even Eddie Izzard.

Her shows, her life, her instrument, her workshops and her music are all about transformation—all tied together by powerful, funny, affirming stories and universal humor. Legendary “Tonight Show” trumpeter Doc Severinsen calls her the “Wild Woman of the Harp,” and iconic rock guitarist Steve Vai says she’s the “Jimi Hendrix of the Harp.”

Deborah Henson-Conant has toured with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. She’s been featured on television shows from Charlie Rose to Joan Rivers and “The View” and in two full-length PBS music specials.

Find out more about her at hipharp.com.