Teach Yourself To Play The Folk Harp 30th Anniversary Edition by Sylvia Woods

It’s truly weird to pick up a book like this where you’re already familiar with the music as performed by the book’s author.  It’s good insight to have, and it’s worth it for that alone.  For my purposes, however, I’m still limited to 12 strings in the key of C, so a book like this is far beyond the capabilities of my instrument.  That doesn’t mean I’m limited mentally though.  I’m dispensing with bass lines, transposing key signatures, and basically learning some mental acrobatics.  It amounts to informal training and the creation of my own style on something that, based on my attempts to learn piano, is probably beyond my capabilities without formal instruction.  Such is life.  I’d rather play by ear or by heart anyway.  There are some tips and tricks in the front of this book that were extremely helpful, and for the rest of it, it’s just good to have a reference point from which to explore.  What this book ultimately made me realize is that the key to success on baby harp with any kind of sheet music will involve going backwards in time, relying on early music, and probably music written for other instruments of that era such as recorder.  Even so, with a bigger harp, this book will no doubt be of immense service.  Someday that could happen.  You never can tell.

4 stars


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