1. Cut about 27" of wire
2. Thread your pearl (or other anchor/bottom bead) onto the wire. Fold the wire in half with the pearl at the bottom.
3. Thread 25 beads onto the doubled wire (the pearl should be at the bottom, anchoring the wire).
4. Fold the beads over, skip 13 beads, and thread the wire into the 14th bead (the yellow bead).
5. Thread 14 beads onto the wire.
6. Thread the wire upward into the 3rd bead from the bottom, not counting your anchor/pearl bead (green). You might need to thread one wire at a time.
7. Add 7 beads.
8. Thread the wire down into the 5th bead above the last join (pink).
9. Add 2 more beads.
10. Fold wire over the last bead. Then thread through the second bead.
11. Wrap wire around last join (under pink bead).
12. Thread the wire tail through the beads and trim off excess. You might need to thread the two wires in two different directions.
13. Attach 2 jump rings through the top loop of the treble clef and attach to earring hooks.
Are you planning to try these out? Be sure to tag me on social media and/or use #Fischarper! Not on social media? Leave a picture in the comments or send me a message!
Welcome to Music Monday, where I share a little music with you. It could be any type of music from art (classical) to up-and-coming musicians and colleagues, to mainstream pop. After all, it is part of music appreciation and musical growth! Enjoy!
I've been slacking off a bit on the Music Monday side of things, so I might just start posting Music Mondays from time to time. What do you think? If you'd like me to keep posting (or attempting to) Music Monday posts twice per month, let me know in the comments below!
This week, it's part of Morton Gould's Tap Dance Concerto, performed by Max Pollak and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. So cool, right?
Need a little harp art to spruce up your practice area? Or just need an excuse to buy some chocolate? Either way, I've got you covered with this easy textured foil harp art.
foil (mine is from Ferrero Rocher from a student)
cardboard (for the stand)
small piece of wood (cardboard would probably also work)
3d paint (hot glue would probably also work)
Permanent black marker (optional)
Draw a simple harp with puffy paint. Make sure the strings aren't too close together.
Let this dry really well.
Once the paint is totally dry, cover the piece of wood with glue.
Spread the glue all around the front of the wood, adding more glue if necessary.
Trim the foil flush with the edge of the wood and add extra glue if needed.
I colored the edges with a black permanent marker, but that part is optional. If you do this, I'd suggest doing it before gluing the foil down. Using paint instead of a marker would also probably give better coverage.
Cut out a stand shape and bend it so that it will hold up your art. Then, glue it to the back.
Once dry, display your lovely work of art!
Are you going to try this? Please be sure to tag me on social media or let me know in the comments!
stamping blanks (from Hobby Lobby)
metal letter stamps
jewelry pliers (2nd set optional, but very helpful)
hard slab to use as stamping block (I used a marble-like base from a trophy)
painters (or similar) tape
alcohol or hand sanitizer
cotton ball or similar item
2 jump rings
head pin (optional...or you could use a wire and bend it)
Use a piece of tape to mark out the width available for stamping. This will be used as a guideline.
This is hard to see in the above picture, but first stamp your letters on the tape (for the order of the pedals, I did DCB·EFGA). You can keep "drafting" this up until you get the spacing you want.
Tape the stamping blank down, lining up the draft that you mocked up. The blank I used is curved, so I cut the tape to use to help follow the curve evenly.
You can see the letters, but we're going to bring them out more in the next step.
Color over the letters with permanent marker. You'll be wiping of the excess in the next step, so don't worry about it being outside of the letters.
After coloring, take hand sanitizer or alcohol and rub off the excess marker. You can repeat the color and clean up steps again if you want.
Add a jump ring to each side of your new charm.
Thread a chain through the jump rings and you're done!
Optional step: Thread a bead (or three) on a head pin and make it into a charm. Then, add it to one of the jump rings.
Is it weird that I made a necklace with the orders of the pedals? Maybe. :) But it was still a fun project!
Do you like it better with or without the little charm? I'm not sure which I prefer. Wouldn't it be cute with a tiny harp charm?
As always, I'd love to see your twist on this project! Tag me or use #fischarper on social media.
Want to spruce up some of those free advertising sunglasses? Here's a DIY to turn them into musical fashion statements!
All that's left is to sport your new glasses in the summer sun! Where would you like to wear these? Be sure to tag me or use #Fischarper if you post pictures of your upcycled sunglasses!
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out her free ecourse, “Breezing Through Bass Clef,” the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And you can sign up to receive Fischarper updates by joining the email list.
Happy Friday! And welcome to the first guest post on the Fischarper blog!
Below, you can find a great post from Molly Madden. I met Molly some years ago at the Illinois Summer Harp Class. We started chatting (errr...typing) about Molly guest posting for the blog, and I'm so glad that she agreed to it! Her post below is a wonderful complement to this blog.
Enjoy this cool glimpse into the life of an orchestral harpist and her music!
Music image via Pixabay.
There is a thank you note that I need to write, but I don’t know how to address it. It is a thank you to friends I have (likely) never met whose names I will (probably) never know. These friends of mine don’t know me, either, and they weren’t intending to help me, and yet through their efforts they have saved me hours of precious time and spared me from much potential embarrassment and frustration. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you, nameless friends, fellow harpists, for the many helpful, clear, insightful, corrective, scholarly, creative, humorous, and oh-so-beautiful notes that you have left for me in my orchestra parts.
Professional orchestras often rent their sheet music. This means that the parts I receive in the orchestras I play with have passed through the hands of conceivably dozens of harpists before making their way to me. Occasionally I’ll receive a part that’s blank, either because it’s fresh, new, and untouched by harpist hands, or else because an orchestra librarian erased the markings before passing the parts along. A clean slate is nice in its own way, and I know many harpists prefer to write in their own markings, but my favorite parts are the ones that are old, worn, taped together, and–most pertinently–heavy with graphite assistance from fellow orchestral harpists around the world.
So, to you, friend: Thank you for your markings. Thank you for warning me that the conductor will probably switch into cut time at measure 25 and that I need to watch out for some gnarly rubato in the middle of my difficult solo. Thank you for being with me through hundreds of measures of rests with your invaluable play-by-play commentary so that I don’t get lost, and for pointing out the most obvious cues (“trumpets loud!” or “cymbal crash”) that let me know it’s time for my next entrance.
Thank you for your pedal markings and for your ingenious fingerings. You have come up with truly clever ways to make tricky passages manageable. When I never in a thousand years would have come up with a thumb slide in that one section, there you are, sliding away like a kid at the waterpark. When I would have tried for a jump, your wisdom and experience advise me that a turn-under would be more secure. When I would have been buzzing like an angry bee trying to play the same string too rapidly, you show me that I could use an enharmonic note to take the pressure off and let both strings ring a little more freely.
You’re also funny. Whether you’re pointing out that a passage in Mahler’s second symphony sounds just like Star Wars or drawing pictures for me in the margins, you always know how to make me laugh--sometimes during a rehearsal’s quietest moments.
Thank you for writing neatly (no easy feat on a music stand!). Thank you for putting in the hard work so that when I receive the music I can sit down and start practicing immediately. Thank you for warning me to put in earplugs, to listen for the flutes, to check the tuning on my high F#, to wait for the horns, to watch for the conductor to place that one beat, to bring out my right hand.
No, we haven’t always agreed, and you haven’t always been right, but I would be gravely remiss if I didn’t pause to reflect and acknowledge that I am a better musician... thanks to you.
Thank you for this great post, Molly! What a nice inaugural guest post!
Be sure to check out Molly's website here. Don't forget to pop over to her facebook, and tell her how much you loved her post!
If you're interested in guest posting in this corner of the web, just drop me a message and we can chat!
Happy summer! Enjoy these five activities from the archives to add a fun spin into your summer music lessons.
Try this dynamic sticker activity with your young students.
Have your students make an upcycled musical instrument.
Try out this macaroni harp printable activity.
While you've got the macaroni out, how about giving this macaroni harp string necklace a try?
Finally,encourage your students to practice the musical alphabet and music literacy with this printable note of the week activity.
The summer would also be a great time to try out some products from the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store or the free Breezing Through Bass Clef ecourse!
And there you have it! Which was your favorite? Or do you prefer another project from the blog that didn't make it to this roundup?
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