Taking online harp lessons with a professional instructor is not only a unique musical outlet, but a particularly challenging and rewarding one. For the harp, you are dealing with coordination of 2 hands that move independently of each other, similar to the piano. Once all of this starts to feel second nature, then artistry and expression can be worked on to make the harp music come to life. Harp music is emotional and at times dramatic and it is up to a technically solid harp player to convey this through not just their fingers, but their body
1) Sight Reading for harp lessons
Where playing the harp begins. This involves lining up the sheet music you read with the strings you pluck. This can be especially challenging for new students, since the harp involves using 2 hands independently.
2) Coordination for harp
Achieving accuracy as a new student requires practicing each hand separately before coordinating the two hands together. This is your first goal in online harp lessons. Aiming for a seamless transition from hand to hand during fast paced music is paramount. The listener should not be able to hear the transition of one hand to another.
3) Technique for harp lessons
Exercises should challenge the player with intervals, chords, contrary motions of each hand and fast runs. A harp player only uses 8 fingers when playing whereas a pianist uses all 10. This can make runs slightly more difficult. You will go over all these exercises in time with harp lessons.
4) Music Theory
The ability to read music is important to a student’s progress. When your basic musical skills are developed, you can advance to much more challenging music in your professional online flute lessons. We also offer music theory/composing lessons, for those that want to learn more advanced music theory and songwriting.
5) Artistry in harp lessons
Once technique starts to feel second nature, then artistry and expression can be worked on to make the harp music come to life. Harp music is emotional and at times dramatic and it is up to a technically solid harp player to convey this through not just their fingers, but their body.
Levels: all for voice, beginner and intermediate for piano and harp
David Tafone is a voice, piano, and Celtic harp teacher based in the Portland Oregon area. He has studied at SUNY Purchase and the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees respectively. At the New England Conservatory of Music he studied with the world renown distinguished professor of voice Ms. Carole Haber.
He still sings today using the bel canto technique passed down to him from generations of excellent vocal technicians who served and still serve at NEC today. While at SUNY Purchase, he performed in three operas and studied with the head of the department, internationally renown tenor, Jacque Trussel as well as Baritone Thomas Goodheart who is currently the chair of voice at SUNY Binghamton.
He began his masters at the Jacobs school of music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He studied there under the tutelage of internationally renown pedagogue Dr. Dale Moore. At the New England Conservatory of Music he sang five operas in two years – all leading baritone roles. he has studied basic grammar of Italian, German, French and Spanish. He speaks French and Spanish at an intermediate level. He has also studied years of diction in the languages of French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
He is a classically trained pianist as well and is a teacher of the Celtic harp. During his education he accompanied many voice lessons of various singers with various voice types and styles.