Hello, I am new to harp and wanting to learn as much as I can, but nowhere near a teacher! I got myself a Stoney End Eve harp in December 08 and a couple of months ago, a friend give me her 30-year-old Aoyama 120, a 34 string fully levered harp. While I’ve had a few serious relationships with other instruments and flirted or played around with quite a few others, the harp is the instrument I am ready to commit to for life. I’ve got Sylvia Wood’s book, a book of etudes and practice skills, and various books of arrangements for small harp that I use for fun and to practice sight reading.
Even though I’ve made reasonable (and slow!) progress on my own, I’d love to find a teacher, as I believe I would learn more, faster, and not develop bad habits. Still, I hesitate, because I am so happy and having so much fun dinking around on my own that I don’t want to lose that. I remember some stressful music lessons from my childhood and college years, with teachers who were more into the proper way to do things than they were into the joy of playing ( although I certainly had some wonderful teachers, too). I consider myself “in recovery” from classical music training and all that anxiety that goes with doing things “the right way”, and not at all interested in getting tense about this–I want to learn as much as I can while preserving the spirit of joy and pleasure I feel since I’ve started. I fear that a mismatch with a teacher would be worse than not having one at all.
I’m willing to travel a bit from my home in southwestern Vermont. Or I would be interested in Skype lessons. Has anyone got advice as to what I should do about lessons? My interest is in folk and Celtic music (I’m a contradancer, too).