New recordings!

It’s almost time for another harp lesson so I decided to record a few pieces today. It’s a good exercise for playing everything as correctly as possible. Of course, it fails quite some times – there’s a  kind of running commentary in my head pointing out all of the issues and then I forget the notes even though I know the pieces by heart etc.

This is the Siciliana from the Petite Suite by Grandjany. I really like this pieces but it is HARD to play it well and to make it interesting. In the recording, my attempts at dynamics failed a bit because I was trying not to forget the notes like I did in the previous 8 takes.

Danses d’ Automne 3. I am really ready to move on to something new, unless my teacher has some interesting perspective to offer… It is not close to being ‘finished’ but I’ve working on this so long without getting adequate feedback to make it sound better. But at least, it sounds a bit like one piece now.

The last song from Automates! That means I’ve finished a book when I’ve finished this one. But it’s not finished yet, I’ve only studied it for a few weeks.

A bit of folk! This is a breton dance called a ridee. I really like the vibe of the bass! It is hard to play correctly when recording, though…


4 Comments on “New recordings!”

  1. Wow – I am way impressed!!!! You are playing hard stuff!!!! I think the Siciliana really works. The tone was wonderful and the rhythm sounded spot on. The rolled chords in Danses d’Automne are beautiful – I am still struggling to play rolled chords so evenly. That is a beautiful piece. I liked your third piece too – you seem to be pretty far along with it to me – and it was fun to listen to. And I love the bass rhythm in the Breton piece. That one has got to be hard to keep hands coordinated and working together. It’s a very cool tune.
    Remember – you can use recording yourself to listen to what you do well, in addition to hearing what you need to work on. I hope you’ll listen to these recordings again and make notes to yourself on what you think are the good parts. Speaking from my experience here, it’s always easy to pay attention to what we need to do better on the harp – it’s harder to acknowledge what we’ve accomplished, and what we are playing that sounds good. I think the”sounds good” percentage on these recordings way is way bigger than the “needs to work on” percentage.

    • CT says:

      Thanks! 😀
      I learnt the Breton piece in a workshop by Tristan le Govic. At the beginning, the rythm is quite hard, indeed. He taught us to ‘feel’ the rythm instead of trying to think when to play each note. It’s mainly about shutting down the analytical part of your brain. That’s quite hard, but eventually, I got the ‘feeling’ a little bit. These kinds of accompaniment are quite often used in Breton music and I really like how Tristan translated it to the harp. (Breton music is often played on diatonic accordions, they can do really cool rythms that are impossible on the harp).

  2. angelina says:

    Hello from another harpist! I enjoyed your recordings, particularly the folky one at the end 🙂 I’d love to get some recordings on soundcloud but I lack the equipment… what do you use?

    • CT says:

      Hi! Thank you very much! :). I use Audacity (free program, works very well) and the built-in microphone in my laptop (a rather old Acer laptop). To be able to export to mp3, you need to download a plugin but that is also explained on the Audacity website. Good luck!

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