SM395: Clarsach Lessons for Young Harpers

Tutor Book
Clarsach Lessons for Young Harpers
Simon Chadwick

Cover ImageThis book is a younger person's version of Progressive Lessons for Early Gaelic Harp by Simon Chadwick. It presents all the material that a young learner will need to help them get the most out of their clarsach lessons. Includes an audio CD.

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Contents & Audio Clips from CD

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Hundreds of years ago - About the old tradition

The Old Gaelic World - A map of Scotland and Ireland

The Trinity College Harp -The most famous old harp in the world!

The Queen Mary harp -Another famous old harp

Pulling the harp to pieces - Don't try this at home

Sitting at the harp

Left and Right - Which way to sit

Fingernails - Long or short?

Tuning - The names of the strings, & how the harp is tuned every day

Denis O'Hampsey & Patrick Quin

First hand position - Putting your fingers on the strings

The lessons

Mailí Bháin
"the first tune learned on the harp, for the purpose of fexing ... the left hand fingers"

Burns March
"the second tune taught the pupil, with a bass first time introduced to the learner"

Féileacán - "4th tune taught the young harpers"

CD track listing

About this book

This book is a younger person's version of Progressive Lessons for Early Gaelic Harp by Simon Chadwick. It presents all the material that a young learner will need to help them get the most out of their clarsach lessons. Includes an audio CD.

The early Gaelic harp (early Irish harp, early clàrsach) is a rare and wonderful instrument, different in many fundamental ways from all other harps. Its high status tradition stretches back over 1000 years, yet it became completely extinct in the 19th century. Now there is a small but intense revival of the historical Gaelic harp tradition and it is possible to learn to play the ancient repertory on a replica instrument.

This tutor book presents the historical curriculum as collected in the late 18th century from the last of the old harpers, as the tradition was dying out. The three beginners' tunes are presented, transcribed from the source manuscripts, along with comprehensive background information on the history of the tradition, the structure and design of the instrument, its tuning, and the old harpers. The CD has demonstrations of all of the tunes played on replica harps with brass, silver and gold wire strings as well as sung versions of the associated songs, and demonstrations of the two main tuning systems.

The Early Gaelic Harp Emporium web site includes online resources to complement the book, including video clips, links to facsimiles of the manuscript pages as well as further reading and other information.

Simon Chadwick states on his excellent web site:

"The historical Gaelic harp tradition was not taught through the medium of writing, neither with the written word nor with written music notation. This was not because its practitioners were stupid, but because their model of teaching and learning, and also their way of composing and performing music, did not require writing. It's my opinion that we can best appreciate the historical tradition if we too try and avoid written scores.

Obviously in the absence of living masters, we do rely on writing and notation; you are reading this, and all of the repertory and technique has been reconstructed from manuscripts and early printed books. But for performance and teaching, I prefer to emphasise imitation and memorisation wherever possible. It is possible to play the early Gaelic harp to a high level without being able to read music notation. I am not a fluent music notation reader."

 

Library Information

Title: Clarsach Lessons for Young Harpers
Composer/Arranger: Various arranged Simon Chadwick
Instrumentation: Gaelic Harp
Level: Tutor Book
Format: Stapled + CD
Size: A5
Total Pages: 36
Weight: 90gm
ISMN: Not issued
Our Ref: SM395
Publisher: Early Gaelic Harp Info
Edition/Year: First Edition 2012
Origin: UK

Sample pages

Sample of the music