Park Stickney’s Studio2020-03-09T08:01:33-04:00

Welcome to Park Stickney’s Studio

“I talk about all the things that really interest me, the things I learned along the way…the core of what I play…finally I found a way that really makes sense to me. I found a way that really fascinates me and helps me play.”

Juilliard-trained Park Stickney is a master at jazz and improvisation on the harp. Currently based in Switzerland, Park concertizes throughout Europe and abroad. (Scroll down for more.)

Park Stickney’s Theory Skills Lessons

To get the most from Park’s lessons, you’ll need an understanding of key signatures and enharmonics. (Visit Angelica Hairston’s classroom for a music theory refresher.) Park’s lessons are centered around his “sharp pedal method.” To understand the sharp pedal method, we recommend watching Park’s theory tutorials in order.

Park Stickney’s Repertoire

Lever Mania

Learn to play Park Stickney's original composition "Lever Mania."

Minor 7ths

Chromatic Scales

Chromatic Scales—Part 3

Use Park's pedal technique to break the chromatic scale down into two whole tone scales for improvisation.

Circle of Fifths

Practicing the Circle of Fifths

Learn Park's technique for understanding and practicing the circle of fifths using his sharp pedal method. (To enjoy this video, you'll need an understanding of key signatures and enharmonics.)

Circle of Fifths—Part 2

Learn how the Circle of Fifths relates to the whole tone scale. Note: to enjoy this video, you'll need to understand the concepts explained in Park's three-part Chromatic Scales series.

Pedal Slides

Chord Voicings

Modes and more

V7 Alterations

Learn how to create the four possible alterations to a V7 chord.

Diminished Scales

Learn how to create diminished scales for use in improvisation. (To get the most from this video, we suggest first watching Park's tutorial on Diminished 7th Chords.)

The Blues—Part 1

Learn the basic structure of the 12-bar blues, along with left hand patterns for improvising.

The Blues—Part 2

Learn how to improvise on the 12-bar blues form, along with how to create the blues scale. (To get the most from this tutorial, watch Part 1 of this series in Park's HCA studio.)

About Park Stickney

While attempting to live simultaneously on a farm in Switzerland, and in Brooklyn, New York, harpist Park Stickney is constantly in motion, giving concerts throughout Europe and the U.S., solo, or in various combinations including his harp-bass-drums trio “The Lion, the Wolf, and the Donkey” and his harp-flute-percussion trio “The Dada String Quartet”

He’s performed and taught in nearly every harp festival that exists, from Adelaide to Zaragoza, appeared on the French television program “La Boîte à Musique”, performed on the QE2, recorded with the “Crash Test Dummies,” played with John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful), made a video with Jonathan Coulton, jammed with young oud students in the West Bank, improvised cadenzas while playing the Mozart Flute & Harp concerto with Regula Küffer, played Wagner as a stowaway deep in the harp section of the Berlin Philharmonic, given concerts in a mine in South Tyrol, in a thermal bath in Switzerland, in a New York McDonalds, in Sri Lanka, Shanghai, Madras, Hong Kong, Moscow, Moldavia… He’s played Broadway pits in NY, toured with the Fantasticks in Japan, and appears regularly on page 97 of Patricia Cornwell’s novel “From Potter’s Field.”

An active teacher, Stickney is the jazz harp tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, London, an assistant-professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Lyon, France, and teaches harp improvisation at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He is also an enthusiastic but spectacularly un-gifted Swiss volunteer fireman.

Stickney holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of Arizona, and is an honorary associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He plays the Lyon & Healy electro-acoustic harp, and is inordinately fond of black-cherry yogurt.

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