Grow Your Skills is the optional supplemental book to the Interactive Harp book. This page explains Interactive Harp, and how Grow Your Skills works with it. See the links below for the contents of each book.
Why is it called interactive? With Interactive Harp you get lots of user-friendly instructions, 43 photographs and 93 exercises, examples and music pieces (100 pages). You get an optional 50-track CD (or mp3 download) which includes instructions, recordings of the exercises and music pieces, play-along pieces and skill-building (such as how to work with the metronome to figure out rhythms.) You get email access to me if you are confused or need reinforcement, especially if you are an independent harp learner. You may also use this book in conjunction with lessons over the phone. Phone sessions are inexpensive, fun, and will keep you headed in the right direction. You can take as many or as few as you like, at your own pace and convenience. Contact me if you are interested in trying a phone lesson.
As you work through Interactive Harp, you will learn by doing, by reading, by playing and by listening. You will develop good habits using this book along with (the optional) Grow Your Skills. Over time, you will learn to make your own decisions regarding such things as fingering and placing.
You will start from the very beginning, with posture and hand positions, and take a logical journey through music and harp playing. All of the music in this book is my own, from the exercises to your first “real” harp pieces, to music you can play for almost any occasion.
You will develop the skills necessary to branch out to whatever repertoire is right for you. I hope you will find this system of learning enjoyable and helpful.
If you are new to music in general, make use of the basic music primer at the end of the book, and also utilize some of the many resources that are published to help you learn about music. I give you the basics, but there is so much more to know, if you are so-inclined.
You will find the photographs in this book useful in developing your hand positions so that they will work best for you when playing the harp.
I have given you logical, step-by-step instructions and music exercises, practice tips, and lots of thoughts about various aspects of harp playing and technique. The optional companion book, Grow Your Skills, (40 pages) will give you enjoyable extra practice as you continue to develop your playing. It contains many new harp pieces for you to learn, as well as the studies which are used in conjunction with Interactive Harp.
In the drop-down menu, you can choose from Interactive Harp spiral-bound book, eBook, CD, mp3 download, book/CD combo, Grow Your Skills spiral-bound book, eBook, CD, mp3 download and full Interactive Harp set (both books with CDs). In the drop-down, Interactive Harp items are identified by IH and Grow Your Skills items are identified as Grow.
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Click to view Grow Your Skills contents
“I’ve carefully played through each exercise in Interactive Harp. The instructions are so clear and easy to follow that I’m already playing for a small audience of a few friends. Grow Your Skills companion book is wonderful as well, and I’m constantly delighted by the elegant melodies. It’s so easy to pop in the CDs while washing the dishes or cleaning up the kitchen; I hum along with the harp melodies while listening carefully to your tips and instructions.” Karen L
“Cindy, thank you for your ongoing encouragement – I think you should take a huge credit for my initial skill acquisition, as I wouldn’t have obtained it so without your Interactive Harp and the well-written instructions/well-placed illustrations contained in it.” David M, MA
“I just want to say that I’m really enjoying Interactive Harp and Grow Your Skills. They really progress nicely in how they add the next challenges on, and your conversational tone throughout is really enjoyable! They’ve been great, also, as right now lessons are on hold and I’ve had to minimize practicing until a health problem gets fixed, so it’s been nice to have something structured to keep my hand in it. I’m looking forward to your other books after I’ve completed these.” Janice F, MA
“As an adult learner, I was concerned that I would not be able to learn to play the harp because I had never read, yet alone played, a note of music in my life! Using Interactive Harp and CD along with phone lessons from Cindy has made learning such a pleasant experience. Cindy is calm and relaxed, which helps me relax. Her patience is unending when I stumble through difficult exercises, and her joy is as authentic as mine when I finally get it right! I find Interactive Harp and Grow Your Skills fun and methodical in learning, and lessons by phone feel like Cindy is right in the room with me as she explains hand placement, tempo, etc. I also must add, I am a cancer patient with a terminal disease. Working with Cindy and learning to play the harp has given me something new to do and to look forward to, as well as a new passion in my life. That can only help in my battle with cancer.” Peggy M, MI