I’m a fairly beginner in the celtic/lever harp and play double-strung. I’m not a pro and don’t intend to play for anything but pleasure.
On the other hand, I enjoy practicing quite a lot, 10mn here and there multiple times a day. My lover, whose daughter has recently talked up the piano, is feeling a little left out 🙂
So he’s taken up the recorder, and has chosen the alto and tenor (or bass, depending on the language) rather than the small soprano we all know. They have lovely deep sounds and sound wonderful with the harp. He plays the 3rd and 4th from the left here :
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Neither of us are musicians but enjoy motivating one another. The trouble is, he finds it pretty easy to find the melody after 2 or 3 tries (what would be the equivalent of singing the tune), whereas I can spend days trying to find chords that would accompany the tune and get nowhere! 🙁
For this reason, I was wondering if you had scores for simple accompaniment at the harp, like you would find with harp and song.
For example, he would play the tune of “We Three Kings” but I have no idea how to find beginner’s harp score that doesn’t have the tune on the right hand, and simple 1-5-8 chords on the left. More advanced tunes leave me befuddled, even if I just look at the left hand, because it is ment to be played in harmony with the right.
And most of the repertoire I find is for harp and flute : while very nice, it is simply not the same instrument (though we call it by the same name in french).
Otherwise, perhaps an advanced player or composer could enlighten me on how to compose simple chords that go well with most folk and popular songs?
(I’m also looking into music theory books, check out my other post).
I have the most flexibility with the harp, because I have levers, and, you know, don’t have just an octave and 2 notes above to play everything. This makes it all the more difficult to just play something nice together, but it is also why I love the harp.
Any help, tips or inputs would be hugely appreciated! 🙂