Harp Basics

In this course Lisa Canny clearly guides the novice harp player through the basics of the instrument.  The first six lessons focus on the basics; how to tune the harp, using the blades, correct finger positioning and scales, and a couple of simple tunes. When the learner is comfortable with the basics they can progress to lessons 7 - 18 where Lisa teaches six harp classics including Brian Boru’s March, My Lagan Love, Planxty Irwin’s,  The Mother and Child Reel, The Little Diamond Polka, and The Rocky Road to Dublin. The right hand melody is taught separately to the left hand accompaniment giving the student the choice to play these parts separately, or work in time to putting them both together.  This course is a fantasic choice for both the beginner harpist and the intermediate harpist who wishes to brush up on the basics!


Lessons

FREE

Hand and Finger Positioning

Harp Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Hand and Finger Postitioning / Exercises on the Scale of C Major

 

FREE

The Scale of C Major

Harp Basics Lesson 2


Level 1 | Melody

Hand and Finger Positioning. Exercises on the Scale of C Major

 

FREE

Exercises for working through…

Harp Basics Lesson 3


Level 1 | Melody

Exercises for working through the modal scales

 

FREE

Chimes

Harp Basics Lesson 4


C Major | Level 1 | Melody

Lisa teaches a melody exercise called Chimes.

 

FREE

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Harp Basics Lesson 5


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

 

Liscannor Lilt

Harp Basics Lesson 6


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Introduction to left hand accompaniment.

 

Brian Boru's March

Harp Basics Lesson 7


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Interval Leaps Using the Left Hand

March

Brian Boru's March

Harp Basics Lesson 8


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Lisa teaches the accompaniment to Brian Boru's March.

March

The Rocky Road to Dublin

Harp Basics Lesson 9


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Hand and Finger Positioning

Hop Jig

The Rocky Road to Dublin

Harp Basics Lesson 10


A Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Left hand accompaniment.

Hop Jig

The Little Diamond

Harp Basics Lesson 11


C Major | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets!

Polka

The Little Diamond

Harp Basics Lesson 12


C Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Lisa will teach left hand accompaniment to the tune .

Polka

Planxty Irwin

Harp Basics Lesson 13


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

The melody of a well known O'Carolan tune.

Waltz

Planxty Irwin

Harp Basics Lesson 14


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Left hand accompaniment

Waltz

My Lagan Love

Harp Basics Lesson 15


D Mixolydian | Level 1 | Melody

Free Rhythm and Expression in Slow Air Playing / Blade Changing.

Slow Air

My Lagan Love

Harp Basics Lesson 16


D Mixolydian | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Full chord accompaniment using the left and right hands.

Slow Air

Mother and Child Reel

Harp Basics Lesson 17


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Treble and Triplet Technique

Reel

Mother and Child Reel

Harp Basics Lesson 18


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Left hand accompaniment.

Reel

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