In today's busy and frantic world, to step off the treadmill of the day and play a beautiful musical instrument, in a gentle and mindful way, can bring a sense of peace and balance to our lives. 

 

nw playing a medieval harp at trelissick

 

Would you Love to Play an Instrument?

If you're drawn to playing an instrument, perhaps as an aid to wellbeing, then a small lap-held harp may be for you. 'Harp for Wellbeing' lessons combine relaxation and mindfulness techniques, with a lesson in playing the harp.

Any celtic, lever or folk harp can be used.

Are Small Harps Difficult to Play?

Lap harps are surprisingly easy in the first instance. The strings follow the logical order of the white piano keys. The gentle sound of the plucked strings, very close to your ear, is magical - even when playing the simplest of tunes.

 

What Happens in the Lessons?

 

  • Harp music / Sound Bath to help settle you on arrival 

 

  • Mindful breathing exercises / simple yoga movements 

 

  • Simple scales and exercises based on ancient modes, which can usually be played from the very first lesson 

 

  • Improvisation - learn how to create your own music based on the ancient modes, to reflect and express your mood 

 

  • Sing simple chants and spiritual songs while accompanying yourself on the harp

 

  • Learn to play simple melodies by ear 

 

  • In time, learn how to turn those melodies into beautiful harp pieces, by adding bass notes and harmonies

 

Do I Need My Own Harp?

Yes, you would need to buy or hire your own lap-harp in order to create a rhythm of practising at home between lessons.

My harp is from Ardival Harps in Scotland. Closer to home, the Devon Harp Centre in Totnes has small harps that can be bought or hired.

If you are not quite ready to take the plunge, you can try out a couple of sessions using one of my harps.

 

How Much Do Lessons Cost?

£35 for a 1-hour lesson

 

Book a Lesson Now

 

medieval harp

 

"Music is nourishment, and a comforting elixir. Music multiplies the beauty of life and all its values"

(Zoltan Kodaly)