Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp Spiral-bound – 1 May 1987
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I started out using a small harp (22 string) with this book, but a few songs require adaption or a bigger harp! This book is definately worth having even if you are fortunate enough to have regular tuition.
The book is unchanged since it first appeared in 1978, apart from the Introduction and the Appendix. The look is therefore old-fashioned, or nostalgic, but this is not a problem. It's obvious that the book needed no changing. Sylvia Woods is an excellent harp teacher.
The book is very clear, easy to read, easy to follow. Many others I've spoken to have said that this book progresses to much between excerises, personally i'd say the books that progess slower, are just full of pointless etudes to "bridge the gap". (Etudes= made up songs designed purely for excerise)
This book has many beautiful real songs, mostly of a celtic nature.
I was dissapointed that where isn't any mention of basic chords or finger patterns- so this book is only good for those who want to be stuck to music notion! There is another book to buy from slyvia if you want to progess past written music.
In short- this book is perfect for those starting harp and want a classical approach to learning an instrument.
This one is by far the best. Sylvia gets you playing tunes straight away (ok there are some exercises but you can see the point of them because what they show you is useful in the tunes). She has a nice conversational style and is reassuring and encouraging. She starts you off with the treble clef and one hand at a time. Then you do two hands but both with the treble clef and then later in the book you add in the bass clef. Genius.
The instructions are clear and the tunes are ones you probably know. Astonishingly the book has been around since 1978 but still seems fresh and very clear.
The book is spiral bound which means it lies flat.
The Harpsicle book (Darlene Walton) quickly becomes confusing, you start straight in with both treble and bass clef. At first fingering and note names are indicated and then bracketing but then these are phased out. It does come with a DVD which is quite useful and it is quite 'cheerful'.
The Basic Harp for Beginners (Laurie Riley) is awful. I wrote another review about it. Didn't suit me at all.
I would recommend Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods very highly.
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