Start your free beginner harp course today. Get some top technique tips and exercises from Irish harp master Lisa Canny. This course is structured in a way that speeds up your learning and enjoyment of Irish lever harp playing.
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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 fantastic choice for both the beginner harpist and the intermediate harpist who wishes to brush up on the basics!
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