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.
Would you Love to Play an Instrument?
If you're drawn to playing an instrument, perhaps as an aid to wellbeing, then a small 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?
Small 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?
- I play some calming harp music to settle you on arrival
- Together we practise mindful breathing exercises or simple yoga movements
- I teach you simple scales and exercises based on ancient modes, which can usually be played from the very first lesson
- Learn how to improvise, creating your own music to reflect your mood
- Together we sing simple chants and spiritual songs, using the harp as accompaniment
- Learn to play simple melodies by ear
- In time, 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.
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
"Music is nourishment, and a comforting elixir. Music multiplies the beauty of life and all its values"