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The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 - 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.

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Friday, May 27 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Intro to the Blues LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Learn a style that will make you want to run to your harp to play!

Blues is one of the simplest musical structures, and one of the richest and most expressive.  And it’s incredibly fun on the harp! 

You start with three simple chords, and once you know exactly where to play them, there is no limit.

With Deborah, you’ll learn:


  • Exactly where to set your levers to play a Blues melody that’s easy yet sounds impressive.

  • How to bend notes and do riffs, licks, bass lines and comping (super fun).

  • How to play solo Blues

  • How to play with a band, shifting between the 3 roles: Bass, comping and melody.

  • The structure of the 12-Bar Blues, and which chords go where

  • How to get the rhythm into your body

  • How to ‘fake’ it if you get lost

  • How to create the mind-blowing “Kerfuffle” ending that looks hard, but is easy!


Presenters
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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant ("DHC") is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

Attendees (33)