November 2019 Newsletter

My blog has been quiet but I’ve been busy! My November email newsletter caught up on some of what I’ve been doing. Read it below, and if you’re not already, make sure to sign up so that you’ll be able to read future newsletters!


Hi all,

I can’t believe it’s November already. Somehow August through October went by without me writing anything to you! I hope you’ve had a good several months :)

I’ve been keeping busy with playing and teaching plus various projects. I have some exciting announcements to share soon, but for this newsletter I just want to catch up on the various videos I’ve released since I last wrote, plus let you know about two local (Victoria, BC, Canada) concerts I’m doing in December.

Catching up on Harp Tuesday:

(just finished uploading this one!)

(some beautiful autumn colors in Victoria!)

Two December concerts in Victoria:

I’ll be performing a short, lunchtime concert on Wednesday, Dec. 11th in Victoria, BC, and a slightly longer evening concert in Sidney, BC, on Wednesday, Dec. 18th. See you there! :)

Music Monday update:

Music Monday is on vacation at the moment. I think it’s always important to pay attention to feelings of burnout – and in this case trying to release a new video every week ended up feeling a little bit too much. I’ll share some further thoughts on this at a later date, but for now, enjoy these six videos that I posted since I last wrote:

Thanks for reading!

Cheers, Josh

I’ll leave you a photo of a close encounter with a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. Check out my Instagram @joshlayneharp for other photos from the last several months.

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Announcing Music Monday! Plus a Harp Tuesday every week in June

I’m excited to launch a new video series – Music Monday! Every Monday at 9am Pacific time I’ll publish a new, short, music video. Featuring clips from live performances or sessions in my studio, plus occasional video footage and photos from Victoria, BC (and further afield). Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when a new video is uploaded!

Here’s the inaugural Music Monday video:

My patrons have access to an extended version.

Achievement unlocked – speaking of patrons, a surge of new patrons towards the end of May flew past my goal of 50 patrons and unlocked a month of Harp Tuesdays – I’ll be publishing a new episode every Tuesday in June. Thanks for your support!

Here are the two most recent Harp Tuesday episodes since I last posted:

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Two new Harp Tuesday episodes (polyrhythm, What Key Am I In?) + a Slow Motion Monday

Hi all,

Here are three new videos I’ve uploaded since I last wrote!

Polythythm – playing 3 against 4:

Music theory – how to figure out what key you’re in:

Slow Motion double harmonics:

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“Primavera” music video, plus a few others

This last weekend, along with a new Harpist in a Tree episode, I uploaded a music video of Ludvico Einaudi’s Primavera:

Plus here a few recent Harp Tuesday and Slow Motion Monday videos:

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New Harpist in a Tree episode!

Last weekend I uploaded a new episode of Harpist in a Tree! Join me for an adventure:

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My March email newsletter

You can read my March email newsletter here.

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My arrangement of the Skye Boat Song is now available!

My arrangement of The Skye Boat Song is now available!

In 2012 I did a series of Harp Tuesday episodes looking at how to arrange a song. That turned into my Arranging Greensleeves Project and I’m quite proud of that resulting composition.

In 2018 I felt the time had to come to revisit that format and I embarked on another Harp Tuesday series about creating and arrangement – in this case, The Skye Boat Song.

Skye Boat Song has some vivid words and imagery and I tried to capture some of that in this arrangement. I’m very happy with how it turned out. One of my goals was for it to be both easy and satisfying to play and I think I largely succeeded. The difficulty level is roughly advanced-beginner or intermediate. The arrangement is for a 34 string harp in the key of G with no lever changes required.

The 6 page PDF includes fingerings, lyrics, and performances notes. I hope you enjoy playing this arrangement as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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My January email newsletter

I just sent out my email newsletter for January – be sure to sign up if you’re not already subscribed!

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