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Harp Column Practice Challenge day 14 and DHC's Vision to Action Challenge Day 5:

So with the two challenges and my full time job and parenting duties, I haven't been able to keep up with daily blogging, but I wanted to do a quick post tonight for a couple of reasons. For one thing, we wrapped up the Vision to Action Challenge today, and I really feel like I got a lot out of it. As someone who is not at all comfortable with improvisation and didn't think she could do it, I certainly have come a long way in just five days! Here's me, not only improvising and holding my own on two motifs strung together, but actually ENJOYING myself enough to relax and smile and let go and really groove! I'm not making concentrating harpist frowny face! Behold:

As for the Harp Column Practice Challenge, we're on Day 14, and for the past couple of days I've been just going through the whole piece. I'm actually going to take a break from Baroque Flamenco for the weekend. The Winter Harp Festival started today with wonderful concerts by Kim Robertson and Park Stickney. Tomorrow and Sunday I have workshops with them as well as Aillie Robertson and Marianne Gubri from 7 am until 4:30 pm, pretty much straight through. Repertoire and technique. So I'm going to be full up on harp! Monday I'll probably take the day to process what I learned over the weekend, and then I'll get back to Baroque Flamenco on Tuesday. I think it will be good to get away from it for a few days, because if I'm being honest, it's starting to feel mechanical. And that's really the antithesis of this piece, which is emotive and passionate!


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