By the end of the course, you will have a broader reportoire of tunes that sit well on the harp, improved technique that will ultimately help you to play with greater speed, stronger tone and clearer ornamentation. The course comprises 13 lessons, each with 3 to 4 tutorials.
In Harp Technique thirteen tunes have been specifically chosen to help improve and master different techniques on the harp. Techniques such as placing, fingering and hand position; through to more complex techniques such as ornamentation, variation and the dampening of the strings are all examined and demonstrated. Jigs, Reels, Waltz, Slip Jigs, Barndances, Flings, Polkas and one ‘Air’ are all included, thus covering a wide spectrum of tune types that are appropriate to various levels of playing and that cover a wide variety of techniques. In each lesson, the tutor typically teaches the tune phrase by phrase, the right hand on its own, followed by the left hand accompaniment, before playing through the tune slowly with both hands together.
Here are the popular Irish traditional tunes that are taught in this course:
The Ballydesmond Polka
Lucy Farr’s Barndance
Going To The Well For Water
The Humours Of Ballymaunus
An Válsa Snamh
The Ships Are Sailing
Cití Na GCumann
O’ Carolan’s Draught
Sheet Music and Mp3s available to Download for each Tune
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Ballydesmond Polka
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