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learning the harp booklet sm

A brief introduction

This is a "booklet" for Students, Parents and Teachers explaining the process and experiences of learning the Irish Harp. Using Janet Harbison's "The Traditional Irish Harp Tutors" this is an ideal way to assist more self-learners and classical harp teachers venturing into the traditional style of playing.

The Irish Harp, while the most Irish of traditions and, indeed, our national emblem, is the richest and most diverse tradition of any musical heritage in Europe today – and this is entirely due to its age! Harps have been played in Ireland for at least 1,400 years and each era evolved new styles, performing environments and professional opportunities to players – all resulting in a phenomenal treasure of repertoire that can be grouped into four distinct ‘aspects’ – all of which still exist and are practised today. So, what kind of harp music will you play?