By the end of this 18 lesson course you will have a repertoire of seven popular Irish session tunes and a great foundation on which to develop your playing in progressive courses .
This course is a fantasic choice for both the beginner harpist and the intermediate harpist who wishes to brush up on the basics. The first six lessons focus on the basics; how to tune the harp, using the blades, correct finger positioning and scales, and a couple of simple tunes. The right hand melody is taught separately to the left hand accompaniment giving the student the choice to play these parts separately, or work in time to putting them both together.
Here are the popular Irish traditional tunes that are taught in this course:
Brian Boru’s March
The Rocky Road To Dublin
The Little Diamond
My Lagan Love
Mother And Child Reel
Sheet Music and Mp3s available to Download for each Tune
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Rocky Road to Dublin
Recommended Harp for Beginners
It is recommended to rent a harp for starting off, before you decide to invest in a harp. Type of Lever Harp to use: 22, 29 or 34 strings all good to learn on. Lisa’s advice is if you’re going for a 29 string you might as well get the 34.
Advice Starting Out with the Harp
Enjoy the journey, the process of learning, and don’t be too focused on the end goal, be patient. The tutor is an expert in teaching harp technique so don’t progress, or skip past any lesson without first mastering it as each lesson builds on the previous one. Listen, watch and play along. Pause and rewind the video until you are happy you have mastered each section. Training your ear to the keys is just as important as training your hands in playing the notes.
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.