When you take private harpsichord lessons, you'll receive your teacher's undivided attention. You'll be able to progress at a pace that is just right for your needs. Your teacher will be able to hear the nuances in your singing or playing and can take the time to adjust small things, like your posture or phrasing, that can make a big difference.
Some people look for jazz or pop lessons and wish to become an advanced drummer, bass or saxophone player. Others prefer to play the piano, flute , traverso, violin or cello in classical music. Are you more into Jazz, funk, or salsa and looking for trumpet or trumbone lessons? Maybe you like to learn baroque music, or want to play World Music on oriental instruments or learn to sing in the Maqam tradition? Prefer Klezmer, classical Spanish guitar or metal? Want to write your own songs?
Your next step is to get in touch with an inspiring professional harpsichord teacher and book a taster lesson. The trial lesson allows you to find out more about the particular music style you wish to explore, the precise lesson location, lesson packs and prices, the teaching style and if home harpsichord lessons in the area of Muiden or online classes are available for you.
The earliest surviving harpsichords were built in Italy in the early 16th century. Little is known of the early history of the harpsichord, but, during the 16th-18th century, it underwent considerable evolution and became one of the most important European instruments. National schools of construction arose, notably in Italy, Flanders, France, England, and Germany; and highly decorated cases with painted lids became fashionable. Most of the great Baroque composers played or wrote for the harpsichord. By the middle of the 18th century the harpsichord had grown to a normal compass of five full octaves, three or more sets of strings and jacks, and often two keyboards. At this time it began to compete with the new pianoforte, which was capable of playing soft or loud according to the fingers' pressure on the keys. The harpsichord is incapable of this dynamic gradation and was overwhelmed in popularity by the piano. The revival of renaissance and baroque music in the past 40 years brought back an increasing interest in this instrument. Nowadays many excellent musicians perform frequently in baroque operas, chamber music concerts and solo recitals all over the world, using modern copies of historical instruments.