Traditional Irish Harp Tutor Level 1
Harper's Manual for Year 1 of training. you will learn:
• the basics – the names of the parts of the harp, the strings and more
• to distinguish between melody (what you can sing) and chords (the background harmony)
• lots of good, well-known starter tunes to play with your friends including Brian Boru’s March, Eleanor Plunkett & Baidin Fheidhlimidh
• which chords go where – ‘listen to what fits’
• Close Position Chording – where the notes of the chords are re-arranged so you can move just steps away instead of leaps up or down
• to accompany tunes as well as play them – so you have the choice when you play with other people
• to accompany some great dance tunes such as ‘The Sport of the Chase’ and ‘Shoe the Donkey’
• to recognise how written music works – by following the dots and looking at chord or interval shapes
This is a harper’s first tutor starting from simple melodies with one-chord accompaniments and progressing to easy polkas, slides and slip-jigs. These are the manuals for the Irish Harp College training system which teach you how to make your own music as well as to place well-known melodies on to the instrument, and to be creative and social in your music-making.
Along with training instructions, exercises and drills, this tutor includes the tunes:
Blind Mice, The Big Ship Sails, Óró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile!, What will we do with the Drunken Sailor, Brian Boru’s March, Dusty Bluebells, Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms, The Green Glens of Gweedore, Molly Malone, John Egan’s Polka, Peg Ryan’s Polka, Eleanor Plunkett, Planxty Irwin, Fanny Power, Báidín Fheidhlimidh, The Belles of Ballee, The South Wind, Sport of the Chase, The Streets of Dublin, Padraig O’Keefe’s Slide, The Rakes of Mallow
Technical exercises are from The Book of Chimes and The Book of Chordscapes.