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“Making Progress on the Irish Harp” (Tune & Tutor Book) – Introduction
This book can be used on its own, or to follow “My Little Irish Harp Book” which starts at the very beginning of harp technique and music theory, and is aimed at young children. See also https://harpmusic.ie/my-little-irish-harp-book/
- An INCLUSIVE tutor book which encourages the playing of the Irish Harp by people from all backgrounds and ages:
The tunes and arrangements in this book have been chosen to suit very small harps, and even harps without levers. (As standard fully levered Irish harps of 34 strings are a costly investment, many, especially at the beginning, are turning to smaller models (lap harps, travel harps of 22-26 strings). Semi-tone levers add to the cost of an instrument, so many beginner harps have none or only 2 per octave). “Making Progress on the Irish Harp” is catering for this need: no levers are required. Tuning the harp in the key of G will get the player through all the pieces & exercises.
2. EDUCATIONAL/IRISH: A book focussing on Irish Music, while explaining keys and modes used, with useful exercises and explanations around music theory.
Keys for the tunes are not C major-centred, as this would be the case in most methods for classical harp, but have been chosen around keys and modes commonly used in Irish music, G major, E Minor, D mixolydian and A dorian in this particular book.
3. ENCOURAGING GROUP ACTIVITIES:
The idea behind this book is for the Irish Harp to be used not only as a solo instrument, but also to take part in group activities, such as joining music sessions with other players, or to form a duo or a band. With this in mind, the keys used for the tunes were selected to suit traditional Irish instruments such as fiddle, concertina, banjo, tin whistle etc. and chord symbols above the staff can be used by an accompanying instrument such as guitar, piano, a second harp (e.g. the teacher). This way, siblings or friends with different instruments could use the same book and have a lot of fun together!
Lots of exciting new tunes and much more:
- Buachaill ón Eirne
- Molly Malone
- The Foggy Dew (March)
- Deirdre’s Fancy (Slip Jig)
- The Dingle Polka
- The Black Velvet Band
- An Dro (Brittany)
- Eleanor Plunkett
- Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
- The Britches full of Stitches (Polka)
- Saddle the Pony (Jig)
- Tell Me Ma
- Red is the Rose
- O’Keefe’s Slide
- Siobhan Ní Dhuibhir
- The Rakes of Mallow
- Scarborough Fair
- Brosna Slide
- The Star of the County Down
- Oh Danny Boy
- Hardiman the Fiddler (Slip Jig)