The HARBISON HARP TRAINING METHOD is an oral training system for the Irish harp created over a lifetime’s experience of teaching, by Dr Janet Harbison. The method embraces the total challenge of Irish harping today and is restoring the internationally acclaimed standards of excellence for which Ireland has been famous for a millennium.  


A series of manuals for both teacher and student to work through together – particularly for teachers of the ‘classical’ tradition who wish to explore an oral method of instruction which has proved to be significantly effective in training the ear, creative play (composition and impromptu arrangement) and social music-making (as in a ‘Session’).

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Traditional Irish Harp Tutor - Volume 1

This is a harper’s first tutor (designed for the average 12 year old beginner) starting from simple melodies with one-chord accompaniments and progressing to easy polkas, slides and slip-jigs, plus lots more.  
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Traditional Irish Harp Tutor - Volume 2

Building on from Volume 1, with more well-known tunes, the basic Harmonic Scale, Major and Minor Keys, plus lots more. 
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Traditional Irish Harp Tutor - Volume 3

How chording works, Introduction to Ornamentation, some great hornpipes, jigs and reels specially chosen to explore ornamentation, about the ‘Session’ from the inside-out, plus lots more.
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Traditional Irish Harp Tutor - Volume 4

About style and the different types of repertoire, Accompany songs, Modern harp compositions, Composing yourself! Improving on Pentatones, plus lots more.
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Traditional Irish Harp Tutor - for Junior Beginners

This book is a supplementary Junior Beginner’s course preparing young harpers from the age of 6 to 11 to enter Levels 1 to 4 in the Harbinson Harp Training system (in which Level 1 is designed for the average 12 year old beginner). 
Along with some training instructions, exercises, stories and pictures to colour in, and lots of beginners tunes. 
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Traditional Irish Harp Tutor - Adult beginners

This is a supporting volume for live lessons with a teacher.  This oral method of instruction is a structured approach to learning the Irish harp for students who do not come from the immersion environment of Irish traditional music.  It will teach you to be creative and to ‘participate’ in the ‘language of music’; as in taking part confidently and competently the ‘session’ (social music-making with all instruments) and preparing you for formal solo performance (stage play).
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Teaching the teachers -

Using Janet’s Traditional Irish Harp Tutor Books, teachers can learn how to get the best results by booking on to one of Janet’s Training Courses, a complete course, for Irish harp teacher training.