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You Can Teach Yourself Lever Harp
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2010
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
on 11 May 2007
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
on 7 January 2012
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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on 4 December 2014
Lovely selection of the pieces, easy to learn step by step. Great to have a CD included! Recommend
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