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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Pap/Com edition (16 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786662069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786662067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By patannk on 22 Feb. 2010
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When teaching myself a musical instrument, or language, I always buy more than one book. It is good to get different perspectives on the subject?
I am enjoying using this book, as it builds on what you know, to teach you new things?

There are 14 tunes used; for many of them, there are 3 or 4 versions given.
Version 1 gives you just the right hand part, with numbered figuring to guide you.
Version 2 has simple bass notes added, version 3 has chords or a more complex left hand part.
The last 6 tunes are more difficult and have only one version (sometimes 2).

I find this approach very useful, as you are being shown what is possible to achieve on your harp. Once you have learned the technique, done the exercises to strengthen your fingers, the possibilities are endless?
You can take what you have learned and apply it to any song or music you wish.

I bought Laura Riley's DVD, called "Play the harp today" to accompany this book and would advise others to do the same. There is really no substitute for letting someone show you how it's done!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Knitting Nellie on 11 May 2007
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What a waste of money! Absolutely minimal instruction on finger positions, how to sit with the harp, how to sound a string, then off we go into the first piece, using all four fingers of both hands from the very first. All you get in this book is increasingly difficult versions of a set of tunes. For each song, there are two or three versions. I found this boring, rather than encouraging. Most of the tunes are well known, so it makes it easier for you to keep time. I haven't even bothered playing the CD. If you want to develop good technique, which you will need as you advance, you should not buy this book. It is a fantasy to think that you can learn to play the harp using this book. Look at the stock of books carried by a specialist music/instrument shop, ring them up and talk to them, and you will get much better advice, and a better book than this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fied on 7 Jan. 2012
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The book is wrongly titled because it really contains a number of simple pieces and varied arrangements for those who have a little experience of playing. It doesn't teach you how to play the harp, so it's best used alongside "Basic Harp for Beginners" by Laurie Riley and/or "Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp" by Sylvia Woods.

The pieces themselves are interesting and arranged progressively, so it's useful and well worth buying.
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Lovely selection of the pieces, easy to learn step by step. Great to have a CD included! Recommend
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Teach Yourself Lever Harp? 25 Jan. 2011
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I have always been touched by the sound of a harp and recently I have been blessed by the opportunity to acquire one. A dream I didn't know I had until it became true. I love my harp :)
Having a harp, I needed music and instructions for how to play. I bought this Mel Bay book as it seemed to be a step by step guide. I started playing.

After only a week or two, I realized that there was no way I was going to master the technique of playing without some teaching from someone who knows about playing harps. I have now had about 10 lessons, and I look at this book and I am amazed at how Mel Bay could possible claim that you can teach yourself to play harp!

Correct posture is SO important, correct finger movement is SO important, and not easy to learn if you don't have anyone to show you how - and someone to keep correcting and adjusting your efforts. Teaching yourself will not only lead to probable inflammations of all kinds of muscles (finger, shoulder, arm and back!!!), but you are also likely to practice a technique which will inhibit your playing at more advanced levels. And then, it is very difficult to 'unlearn' what has become automatic.

The music pieces in the book are in themselves quite nice - although not original. Most are well known traditional songs. Some pieces are set up in easy, medium and hard levels. So you can begin to play from the book quite soon - but I strongly recommend you do so under guidance of someone who knows what they're doing! Even the easy level pieces suggest you start playing with all fingers. Whilst each finger ought to be trained (in movement, strength and hard skin!!) before another one is added to your playing. By the time you've trained all your fingers, the easy level pieces in the book become obsolete because they're TOO easy!

The book is fine to have amongst your collection, it's pretty to look at. But to be honest I don't recommend it - certainly not as a 'teach yourself' book.
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