My little Irish Harp Book – Description
The tunes in this book have been chosen to suit very small harps*, and even harps without levers. (*a harp with 26 strings is a good start for the young student (ideally with F# and C# levers), but it’s also possible to use this book with smaller harps).
The “Little Irish Harp Book” wants the harp to be used not only as a solo instrument but to take part in group activities, such as joining music sessions with other players. The tunes in this book are also suitable for tin whistle, fiddle, banjo, accordion or concertina etc.
Its pace and selection of tunes is aimed at young beginners from 5-12 years, music notation and theory is introduced gradually and in a playful manner.
If you live in the Republic of Ireland, you can also check out if the book is available in a music shop near you.
Currently, “My Little Irish Harp Book” is available in the following shops:
Soundz of Music (Kenmare), Variety Sounds (Killarney), Killarney Harps (Killarney), Hugh Culloty’s (Tralee), An Siopa Ceoil, Dingle.
with more to come soon!
Quay Music (Waterford).
Youtube videos illustrate the sheet music in this book:
A facebook page is dedicated to “My little Irish Harp Book”:
- Table of contents
- Preface for teachers & parents
- The Levers
- My Repertoire List
- The A-Note
- The Old Irish Harp
- The B-Note
- The Ambulance Tune
- The G-Note
- The Bodhrán
- Hot Cross Buns
- The Gothic Harp
- Mary had a little Lamb
- Minims, Crotchets, Quavers
- The C-Note
- The Notes D’ and E’
- Go Tell Aunt Nancy
- First Chords
- London Bridge
- The Notes low D & E
- Oro Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile (March)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star (key of C)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star (key of D)
- The high F#’ and G’
- I’m a little Teapot
- The Lines
- Girls and Boys – the ¾ time signature
- The Spaces
- Nil na Lá (Air)
- Eibhlín a Rún (Air)
- The Dawning of the Day (Fáinne Gael an Lae) – March
- The Rattlin Bog (Polka)
- An Ghaoth Aneas (The South Wind)
- Buffalo Girls (Polka)
- Glossary of musical terms