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I Can’t Find a Harp Teacher - What Shall I Do?

There are a number of harp tutor books and DVDs suitable for those who are teaching themselves without the benefit of a teacher.


We recommend:

Mel Bay’s Basic Harp for Beginners by Laurie Riley
Aimed at the adult beginner by an experienced lever harp player. Features Celtic music.

Play the Harp Today DVD by Laurie Riley with Dusty Strings
Secrets to harmony, chords, hand position, tone production, arranging, left-hand development and rhythmic patterns. Suitable for beginners.

Begin the Harp by Nancy Calthorpe
This is aimed at the adult beginner and has a distinct Irish slant, with mainly Irish and some Scottish music. There is also a section on the history of the harp in Ireland.

Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods
Aimed at the adult beginner. This book proceeds at a lightning pace, so if you prefer to consolidate what you have learned before moving on, it is not the right book for you. Features traditional and Celtic music.

Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp DVD by Sylvia Woods
Companion DVD to the above book.

The Small Harp by Alison Kinnaird
Written by respected player of the Scottish harp, there is a good section on authentic ornamentation and is recommended to anyone interested in the Scottish tradition. An accompanying CD demonstrates the lessons in the book.

The Welsh Triple Harp by Eleri Rhiannon Darkins
For those wishing to acquire the specialised technique necessary to play the Welsh Triple Harp.

Fun From The First Vol. 1 by Samuel Milligan
Suitable for lever harp, this book is written from a more classical perspective than the other tutors listed and would therefore be suitable for those interested in playing classical music and / or going on to play the pedal harp.