Learning the Harp
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
What we play is life. – Frederic Chopin
Meet Louise Trotter, a 91 year old Harpist from America. Louise just shows us how learning an instrument can transcend the decades. Although she may have played when she was younger she has not let old age become a barrier for what she loves to do. Now living in a retirement home, Louise plays on the same instrument here father bought her, way back in the 1920s. She loves the tone of the Harp and states that she plays just as she did in the 1920s, although she is no longer sitting on the dance floor.
If you are currently learning to play an instrument, it is likely that you wait till you are alone, simply so nobody can hear you making mistakes, time after time. It can be frustrating to find yourself hitting a barrier in a piece but this video will reassure you that you are not alone. Tyler has bravely uploaded a video of her harp practice session. Whilst she has a good grasp of the interest she also find some parts difficult, just as we do. The key is to keep playing and eventually you will smash down that barrier.
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