Building and Maintaining Repertoire

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Question: How do you build repertoire and then maintain it all?

Felice Pomeranz is Professor of harp at Berklee College of Music and Owner/Coordinator of The Gilded Harps.

When I started out, I learned at least three to four new tunes a week. I transcribed a lot of tunes and made my own arrangements at a level that I could play without worrying about how difficult they were. Many of the songs were lead sheets, so I could play them simply or very ornately, according to my mood. Begin building your concert repertoire with pieces you could get “concert ready” in just a few days. If you establish your foundation of repertoire and then add pieces to that set, you will have a few different programs you could play when asked without too much stress.   

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