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  • #89116
    Jeralee
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    I have a student who has been playing for a few years on a

    Troubador.

    #89117
    barbara-brundage
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    Well it has a lot to do with how advanced she is. Nancy Gustafson has a couple of pieces in

    The Magic Road that use a lot of effects. If she’s really advanced, the Epices by Bernard

    Andres are effects-intensive and playable on a lever harp. There are lots of others as well.

    Can you tell us the kind of stuff she’s currently working on? That would help narrow it

    down a little.

    #89118
    Jeralee
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    Thanks Barbara, I had forgotten about the Magic Road stuff. Right now she is working on Canon in D – the McDonald version.

    #89119
    unknown-user
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    Hi!

    There are several Bernard Andres pieces with cool effects.

    #89120
    keziah-thomas
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    A Minstrels Gallery by Skaila Kanga has about 30 pieces for lever or pedal harp. It is beginner/grade 1 or 2 level and has 3 or 4 fun pieces with effects. There is one called The Snake Charmer. Spooky City…you can imagine what they’re like!

    #89121
    unknown-user
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    Kim Robertson has some original compositions that are very creative!

    #89122
    karen-conoan
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    Beginner:

    #89123
    Lynne Abbey-Lee
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    I have also used some of the Gustavson and Andr?s pieces, which I like. However, my

    favorite lever harp piece with special effects is Kymation by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher,

    published by Dragonflower Music. It calls for tuning of F#, G#, A#, B#, C, D, and E natural,

    so some re-tuning may be required, but it’s worth it. The special effects include glisses,

    harmonics, pdlt, xylophonic sounds, nail glisses, tapping with fingers and knuckles, and a

    whistle (quickly sliding your flattened hand up on the wire strings to create a whistle

    effect). The students I’ve used it with have also enjoyed it. I would probably rate it

    advanced-beginner or early intermediate (definitely easier than Andr?s’ Epices, for

    instance).

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