Harp Technique Overview

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Harp Technique Lessons

Level

The Ballydesmond Polka

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 1

  • A Minor
  • Level 3
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Introduction to the course and harp technique. Focus on left hand variation

Polka

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Chimes

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 2

  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Hand and Finger Positioning, plucking and weight distribution

Focus on Technique

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Lucy Farr’s Barndance

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 3

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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‘Crossing Under’ technique, triplets and cuts.

Barndance

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Frank Thornton’s

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 4

  • E Minor
  • Level 3
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‘Cross Over’ Technique, Cuts

Fling

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Going to the Well for Water

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 5

  • D Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Trebles, triplets, plucking technique and cuts!

Slide

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Tyrell’s Pass

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 6

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Hand and Finger Positioning, Cross Over Technique, Trebles and Cuts!

Jig

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The Humours of Ballymaunus

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 7

  • D Major
  • Level 3
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Demonstration of the use of ‘tenths’ in the left hand accompaniment and cuts.

Slip Jig

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An Válsa Snamh

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 8

  • A Major
  • Level 3
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Demonstration of the use of triads and inverted triads in the left hand accompaniment.

Waltz

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The Ships are Sailing

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 9

  • E Minor
  • Level 3
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Syncopation in Left Hand Accompaniment. Continuation in study of ornamentation.

Reel

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Cití Na GCumann

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 10

  • A Mixolydian
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Playing of Slow Airs / Ornamentation

Slow Air

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O’Carolan’s Draught

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 11

  • D Major
  • Level 3
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Hand and Finger Positioning and Blade Changing

Planxty

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Gan Ainm

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 12

  • F Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Demonstration of how to Dampen the Strings with the left hand and Ornamentation.

Jig

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A Cup of Tea

Intermediate Harp Technique Lesson 13

  • E Minor
  • Level 3
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Left hand Variation

Reel

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