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Harp Workshop with Carol Kappus 
on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Bashford United Methodist Church
329 North St, Madison, WI
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (doors open at 9:30 AM)

The workshop is $15 (cash or check made out to Carol Kappus) and will be broken into two parts:

Part 1: Magic Hands!

Carol uses a group of chords and hand positions which make up a lot of what we play and which she uses for everything from intros, accompaniments, technic strengthening exercises, playing by ear. We will work on ways to build these chords and hand positions into your hands until they become automatic and you can plug them in anywhere! You will probably find that using this system will give your playing a lot more flow and will make it easier and more fun. We will use this system of chords hand positions to learn several wonderful tunes and you will go home with a packet of great chord based arrangements to enjoy. Level: Experienced beginner through intermediate.

Part 2: Who Needs the Dots!

Playing by ear and improvising can be relaxing and fun. It’s also easier than you think! I’ll show you how.

Please RSVP so that we have enough handouts for everyone at the workshop.

More about Carol:

Carol Kappus, Celtic harper and singer 

After many years of singing opera and classical music, Carol has now returned to her first love: playing the Celtic harp and singing the traditional songs of Scotland and Ireland. She specializes in the music of Scotland: traditional songs, songs of Robert Burns and songs in Scots Gaelic. Carol goes to Scotland twice a year to study Gaelic language and song at Sabhal M r Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. She is the winner of many awards from the Scottish Harp Society of America and the Great Lakes Regional and the US National Scottish M d. She teaches and performs around the Midwest and in Scotland. She is a frequent contributor to The Folk Harp Journal and has published several books of compositions and arrangements. Check out Carol’s web page at where you can see videos, hear recordings and purchase her books

Visitors are welcome to all harp circles.  For workshops, everyone present should pay the fee unless they are accompanying a child.  If you have questions about the group or want to learn more about harping in Madison or what a harp circle is, please contact Rachel (608-663-2912).

Music swap - have any music you're no longer playing? Bring it to the next harp circle, put a sticky note with your name and how much you'd like for the music, and see if it finds a new home!

Harp Circle Music
A Fig for a Kiss (two version, the first shows how you can use the left hand to grab the marked notes to make playing the tune easier and help you increase your speed).
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore (Jennifer Pratt-Walter)
Trippin' Up the Stairs (you have to "purchase" it, but it's a free download)
Minuet in G Major (Christian Petzold, previously thought of as a composition by J. S. Bach)
Flight of the Mountain Blue Bird (harp trio by Janet Lanier, and there is also a link at the bottom to a duet version)

Upcoming harp events

In Wisconsin
IrishFest LaCrosse (La Crosse, WI), August 10-12, 2018.
IrishFest Summer School in Milwaukee, Week of Aug. 13, 2018. Teachers/classes to be announced.
IrishFest (Milwaukee, WI), August 16-19, 2018.  One of the biggest irish festivals in the country, with a dedicated harp tent!
Harps in the Glen (West Bend, WI), August 23-26, 2018, a Retreat with Kim Robertson and Sunita Staneslow.

---Also see the list from the ISFHC

Beginning in the Middle (Williamsburg, VA), March 1-4, 2018.  Focus on adult beginner-intermdiate players.  2018 instructors are Lynne Aspnes, Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Deborah Hanson-Conant, Kim Robertson, and Frank Voltz.
Virtual Harp Summit 4 (free!), April 19-26, 2018 (dates updated).  Videos are available live and are free for a short time after that.
The Harp Gathering (Sauder Village, OH), May 17-20, 2018.  Another great festival for lever harp. The 2018 instructors are Harper Tasche, Frank Voltz, Nicolas Carter, Martha Gallagher, Cass Jendzurski, Diana Rowan, Denise Grubb-Verbon, and more!
Somerset Harp Festival (Parsipanny, NJ), July 19-22, 2018. One of the largest harp festivals for lever harp. Workshop and instructors will be posted in January 2018.
Colarado's Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival, Sep. 27-30, 2018. Instructors to be announced.