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Life with Cordeline & her sisters

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Attempting to make a joyful noise

And right now I question the joyfulness of my harp playing! But I am having fun learning this new instrument and hopefully someday I will be able to say, "Now that's what joyful is!"

I began playing harp in 2011 on a Lyon & Healy Folk Harp that we purchased from our dear friend Katie (who departed this world much too early -- RIP). After hauling the heavy harp to various venues, I chose to look for something lighter -- welcome to Cordeline ("Cordes de Lynn"), a Camac Ulysse (carbon fiber + spruce soundboard; 17 lbs). Not bad for transport until I add the very well-padded case. I am super happy wth Cordeline and we are working together toward that joyful sound. Cordeline has two siblings: the original L&H Folk Harp (lovingly called Katie, after her original owner) and a Stoney End Brittany-22. A girl can never have too many harps!

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A few years ago I began Zoom lessons with Ray Pool, harpist extraordinaire, in Rochester NY. This was a wise move on my part. I have learned so much from Ray. He has taken me to new levels on my harp and musical journey. I even now understand basic chord theory! And I have branched out to singing with my harp (even trying to sing some French love songs -- great fun!). Every lesson is a joy; it seems I learn something new each time -- lots of "aha!" moments.

In August 2019 I traveled to Rochester to meet Ray in person. I was joined by two of his other students -- we dubbed ourselves the Ray-lettes! COVID-19 prevented an in-person visit this year but Ray organized a Zoom meeting with all of his students. Hopefully the Ray-lettes can get together again in 2021.

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And perhaps there will soon be another harpist in the family! (He has actually become gentler with the harp since this video was taken -- thank goodness!)