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Basic Harp for Beginners

Basic Harp for Beginners composed by Laurie Riley. For Harp (Folk/Celtic). Saddle-stitched, Methods. Basic Series. All Styles. Beginning. Book. 80 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95109).

ISBN 9780786600212. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

A basic, easy-to-understand, step-by-step method about playing the harp. Extensively illustrated, this book is for musicians of all levels, requiring only an interest in learning to play the harp. The material in the book can be applied to any type of harp (with or without pedals) and any type of music. Specific topics covered include basic positioning, tuning, and techniques, etudes, and a colorful selection of folk harp solos. Each section of the book is arranged to show the most efficient way to learn quickly and as easily.

  • Levers 
  • Sally Gardens 
  • Flowers of Edinburgh 
  • Campbell's Farewell 
  • Castle Kelly 
  • Parson's Farewell 
  • Lovely Joan 
  • Round The Horn 
  • The Beginner's Waltz 
  • Nonesuch 
  • Return From Fingall 
  • Mist-Covered Mountains 
  • Brian Boru's March 
  • The Grace Note Waltz 
  • The Rushes 
  • Tha Mi Sgith (I Am So Tired) 
  • Cathedral Bells 
  • The Spider's Hornpipe 
  • Blossom Petals Falling 

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  • 1

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  • June 02, 2008 Not enough detail

    Just not enough as an absolute beginner's book. No sooner has it shown you how to hold your hands correctly than you are off playing an entire piece with both hands, including chords. Not enough basic exercises. No way will it give you a start over other pupils. Some...

    of the tunes are nice, but learn your technique elsewhere.

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  • 5

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  • February 11, 2007 Fantastic!

    With no prior music background, I started playing harp with this book. It was fantastic! I played (using this book) for about 3 months befor taking my first lesson. My instructor said that she had never seen anyone progress so fast. My technique (from the book) was great and I...

    easily learned my teachers lessons - again much more quickly than any student she has had previously. A friend went to lessons with me and had not used Riley's book, we had to start going seperately as she was no where near at my level. My instructor is highly regarded in Vancouver.

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  • 2

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    Early intermediate
  • September 24, 2006 Not really suitable for beginners

    I had got this book before starting lessons. My teacher was not impressed. It leaps ahead far too quickly without giving nearly enough exercises and practice on all-important basic technique. We ended up using another book alongside it. If you really want to build up good technique this just...

    doesn´t offer enough - it isn´t really for beginners at all.

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  • 4

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    Early intermediate
  • March 30, 2005 sheet music makes the difference

    thanks for the pics of sheet music. One of my concerns was: could I read the music easily.

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