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Harp Books and Tutors

See below for a selection of tunebooks and harp tutors, as well as a book on harp history.

Harp History

Harp: Tree of Strings (Crann nan Teud): A History of the Harp in Scotland by Keith Sanger and Alison KinnairdTree of Strings (Crann nan Teud): A History of the Harp in Scotland
by Keith Sanger and Alison Kinnaird
Alison Kinnaird
isn't just a premier Scottish harper, she has also conducted extensive research on the history of the Gaelic harp. In compiling this painstaking historical survey of harps in Scotland, Kinnaird and Keith Sanger have made liberal use of manuscripts and historical documents that have never been published elsewhere. The authors present an exhaustive discussion of the subject, covering the the different harps played in Highland and Lowland regions, tunes and repertoire, mythological references to the instrument, the use of the harp within the royal courts, and the present-day Celtic harp revival. This is the first history of the harp in Scotland to be published, and it provides a comprehensive account of the harp that reaches back to the 8th century, when the instrument first appeared in carvings on the Pictish stones.


Tunebooks

The following tunebooks include arrangements made specifically for the harp.

Harp Tunebooks: The Lothian Collection: 25 Tunes from the Great Houses of the Lothians by Alison KinnairdThe Lothian Collection: 25 Tunes from the Great Houses of the Lothians
by Alison Kinnaird
In all, 25 tunes from the Great Houses (families) of the ancient Scottish Lowlands around Edinburgh known as the Lothians (East, West and Midlothian). Includes Scottish jigs, slow airs, pastorales, minuets and reels, most from the 18th and early 19th centuries.


Harp Tunebooks: Irish Melodies for All Harps by Sylvia Woods
Irish Melodies for All Harps

by Sylvia Woods


Tunebooks: O'Carolan Tunes for All Harps
O'Carolan Tunes for All Harps

by Sylvia Woods


Tunebooks: Irish Dance Tunes for All Harps: Fifty Jigs Reels Hornpipes and Airs by Sylvia Woods
Irish Dance Tunes for All Harps: Fifty Jigs Reels Hornpipes and Airs

by Sylvia Woods

Tunebooks by Sylvia Woods are unique in that two different arrangements—one for beginning students, and another more advanced version—are presented for each tune, making the book appropriate for players at all skill levels. Chord indications for each tune are included to assist other instrumentalists who want to play along, and fingering suggestions are noted.

Tunebooks: Mel Bay Presents Irish Harp Music: Traditional and Original Irish Airs Arranged for Harp, Guitar, and Solo Instrument
Mel Bay Presents Irish Harp Music: Traditional and Original Irish Airs Arranged for Harp, Guitar, and Solo Instrument



Tunebooks: About Time Too: Music for the Scottish Harp by Wendy Stewart
About Time Too: Music for the Scottish Harp

by Wendy Stewart


Tutors

Harp Tutors: Mel Bay's Basic Harp for Beginners by Laurie RileyMel Bay's Basic Harp for Beginners
by Laurie Riley
Fully illustrated, easy-to-understand, step-by-step methods for playing the harp are presented. Learn to play the entire selection of folk harp solos included in the book. The material covers basic positioning and techniques, tuning, and other topics of interest to harp students.


Harp Tutors: Easy Celtic Harp Solos by Star EdwardsEasy Celtic Harp Solos
by Star Edwards
These 25 arrangements for solo harp include tunes from the Isle of Man, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, the Hebrides and Brittany, and also features pieces by Turlough O'Carolan and Robert Burns.


Harp Tutors: Mel Bay Presents Exploring the Folk Harp by J. McAllMel Bay Presents Exploring the Folk Harp
by J. McAll
More like an encyclopedia and tutorial combined, this large book explores types of harps, maintenance, chords, playing by ear, and arranging music to suit your playing level. There is a large selection of Celtic and Renaissance songs of varying difficulty, for beginning through advanced harpers.


Harp Tutors: Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia WoodsTeach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp
by Sylvia Woods
Twelve step-by-step lessons include instructions, exercises, and folk and classical pieces to learn and play. Appropriate for any student, regardless of musical training and experience.