Years of Lessons

I took years of harp lessons.  I started on the piano when I was about 4 or 5 and quickly moved over to the harp.  I don’t think I really did anything but mess around for a few years, though.  I started having consistent lessons when I was about 8 and continued to take lessons until I graduated from college when I was 21.

13 years of harp lessons.

When I found out last week that a relative passed away and was asked to play the harp at the funeral, I said yes.  I haven’t really touched the harp in months…maybe even a year.

This morning I showed up at the church about 90 minutes before the service.  It was time to learn Amazing Grace…the requested piece to be played during the service.  I didn’t practice because I knew it would give me blisters.  I don’t like blisters.

Thankfully my mom/manager was there to tune the harp for me.

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Thanks mom!!  This also gave me the opportunity to do this:

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And this:

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Then it was the moment of truth.  Could I sight read the piece?  And could I do that in a room full of people?  It’s one thing to play background music without practicing.  It’s something completely different to play with everyone staring at you.

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And it went well.  Many years of lessons have made it much easier for me to play when I only have a few days notice.  It’s not ideal and I rarely play anything perfectly, but it’s been almost 12 years since I’ve had a lesson and I can still read music, play the harp and (sometimes) even impress a few people.

Not too bad.

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7 Responses to Years of Lessons

  1. Hart says:

    You really did do an excellent job- your years of practice still paying dividends. Much better than my impromptu “God Bless America” performance on the Casio keyboard at the last reunion.

  2. Janice says:

    A lawyer, a harpist, a baker, a blogger…. Your talents are incredible…. 🙂

  3. Tyly says:

    Awesome! Such a rare talent, and I’m glad it went well! 🙂

  4. Diane says:

    So cool, and one of my favorite songs. You should post a video of you playing!

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