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    donna-benier on · in reply to: What posesses some people?? #112830

    David, at least this was some random woman you will probably never see again. I had a neighbor in the condo behind me for 2 years who didn’t like music! We shared a patio space. I left my patio door open a crack in the summer when I was playing, and I heard this voice say, “Can you turn that thing down?” I said, “No, I can’t; it’s live music, not a recording.” She then yelled, “Well then, shut your door!” … I opened it all the way, and played my heart out for an hour. (;-) Sometimes even gentle-spirited harpists have a snarky streak.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Bad Habits #89817

    Hi. In answer to your question, “What are some of the most common bad habits a beginner should avoid?”… Practice slowly and deliberately using correct technique: keeping your thumbs high, and closing each finger to the palm, bending only at the knuckle closest to your hand (not your fingertips). It is better to go slowly and use good technique to strengthen your muscles, rather than to just get through the song. At the same time, count out your timing. I would rather hear a student play through a few measures correctly, than to speed through the whole song with sloppy technique and poor timing. Compliment yourself on what you do well; don’t criticize yourself on what is coming more slowly or difficult for you to master. Break down the song you want to learn into small parts, and rejoice in small steps!

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Background Music Suggestions #62479

    Any harp music by Barbara Seeman, Frank Voltz, Kathryn Cater (yes! even student books have great songs!), piano music of easy listening, new age music (Narada Label).

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: tell me about your lap harp #76325

    Look at anotherera.com. Craig Pierpont makes a lap harp. I have owned one for many years. Use it in the summers to take out to a park, go on a day trip or short getaway. It keeps it tune incredibly well. Only minus is that after keeping it on your lap awhile, it really hurts. I tend to find a bench to sit on where I can straddle it instead, and let the base rest on the bench.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Rochester NY Harp Teacher looking for more students #167292

    It’s 2005 and I always enjoy having new students. Contact me if interested.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: how to get a harp at my school. #167313

    Have you asked your PTA?

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: What’s your favorite lever harp music? #162554

    “new age” style music, very gentle and relaxing:
    Gentle Spirit – Barbara Seamann
    French Impressionists – William Mahan

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Getting blisters on fingers #155504

    Claire, I have played harp for 25 years and a long time ago discovered that if I put a little bit of glycerin lotion just on my fingertips, I could play without getting blisters. (My brand is “Camille Beckman” but there are several on the market.) I buy it by the tube and keep one in my gig bag for long performances. Don’t overdo it, and DON’T get it on the palm of your hands..it’s slippery.

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    John, I am a harp teacher in Rochester,NY area.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Harp Society #167538

    And if you play folk harp, join the ISFHC (folkharpsociety.org). It comes with a great quarterly magazine!
    Donna

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Policy on Missed Lessons? #89046

    Thank you; I like your ideas.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Betty Paret #89192

    A search for her name turned up Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, where she played as guest harpist in 1930’s. http://www.trentonsymphony.org Maybe they could give you a link to her.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: lesson rates (answers needed soon!) #89002

    Oh, my goodness! I want to live where some of you live and teach harp lessons!

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: Tips: Maintaining Calluses #167772

    Steven, A little practice every day is better than big chunks of time once or twice a week; it will keep the friction consistent on your fingertips to maintain the calluses.

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    donna-benier on · in reply to: taking it to the next level #89479

    Anon, Get yourself a harp catalog that has detailed descriptions of the music (like Melody’s in Texas), choose something that sounds intriguing to you and is at an intermediate or advanced level (be sure it’s for lever or pedal, whichever you play), and order it.

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