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July 27-29, 2018


“The Threefold Nature of Music”

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WHEN: July 27-29 (Friday-Sunday). Arrival and registration begins at noon on Friday, and the last session ends at 2 pm on Sunday.

WHERE: Magic Hill, Magical Strings’ own beautiful 5-acre home on the Puget Sound, overlooking Colvos Passage. Participants may camp in the pasture near the studio, or make reservations at nearby B&B’s and motels in Olalla, Purdy, Gig Harbor or Port Orchard.

WHO CAN COME? Beginners and experienced alike with a desire to explore a unique and intimate relationship with the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer. Harps and dulcimers will be available for rent or purchase.

WHO IS TEACHING? Philip and Pam Boulding - performers, teachers, composers, recording artists, and harp makers since 1978. Five assistants will be available for tutoring.

WORKSHOP SUBJECTS: (Workshop topics are subject to change)
Beginning Harp - Getting started with basic exercises and a simple Celtic tune.

“The Threefold Nature of Music” – Discussion in the upper studio Friday evening:  Melody, harmony, rhythm; and how these relate to our own nature as human beings creating music.

Ornamentation, Arranging and Composing for the harp - Traditional and innovative techniques for ornamentation, arranging chords, back-up playing, and techniques for improvisation and creating new compositions.

Historical and Wire Strung Harps - The 17th century Irish harper/composer Turlough O’Carolan not only played a wire-strung harp, he also played a pivotal role bridging the old and the current musical styles of his time during a dramatic turning point in Irish history. We’ll cover techniques for playing and damping on wire strings, and delve into an exploration of the Three Moods of Music from ancient Ireland.

Hammered Dulcimer: basics, dynamics, and beyond - we are pleased to include the hammered dulcimer again, with emphasis on expression, ornamentation, and fluidity.

Ensemble Playing - Integrate the harp and dulcimer for playing in duet and in various combinations with other instruments.

Instrument Maintenance, Building, and Repair - An informal overview presented in the Magical Strings workshop - open to questions.

Harp Circles around the Fire - We will gather each evening in the pasture around the fire to play music, tell stories, and maybe learn some Irish dance steps!

Fees:  $315 camp fee.  A non-refundable $50 deposit will reserve your place, with the balance due by July 1.  This covers the entire weekends’ activities and supplies, a music notebook, and includes gourmet vegetarian meals, dinner on Friday, one main meal on Saturday and Sunday brunch, along with snacks, tea and coffee throughout the weekend.

Instrument Rental:  $35 for the weekend—can apply toward purchase of all harp and dulcimer models.

Students are welcome to participate in all sessions.  The instruction will combine specific pieces with general overviews, in order that each student, regardless of level or ability, may derive something of value from every session.  Emphasis is placed on learning by ear, but music notation will be provided.  Opportunity for private practice and individual attention will occur throughout the weekend.

Directions to Magic Hill and a detailed schedule of events will be mailed to all registrants upon receipt of deposit and registration form.   We are located 15 minutes from the Southworth ferry dock (via Vashon/Fauntleroy), and 25 minutes from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (via highway 16).  There are beautiful sites in our pasture and wooded areas for camping, with nearby access to water. Small cookstoves are allowed.  There is also limited parking for camper vehicles. Please call or email to reserve. For those who prefer not to camp there is a B&B half a mile up the road and many other accommodations in the Gig Harbor/Port Orchard communities.

Phone (253) 857-3716

Email: info@magicalstrings.com  

School of Magical Strings
Harp Camp

July 27-29

Philip Boulding Harp


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