Verlene Schermer’s The Sing- Along Harper will give you tools to play along with singers and other instrumentalists without needing to read and memorize music! The concept is the same as for learning folk guitar, learn some chords and a few strumming or fingerpicking patterns, and away we go! So, why should guitar players get all the fun? Here at last is an approach to playing folk harp that is truly a folk style of learning. Although all the songs used for examples and practice in this book are from American and Celtic folk music, you can apply this to modern popular music as well. The book includes how to figure out the keys and lever settings for songs, and what to do about chords that are not “within the key.” It also includes a fingerpicking “library” with 80 patterns in four different time signatures. There are 20 fun folk songs with lyrics and chords, not a single note to read. The book comes with a companion CD of all 20 songs to rehearse along with. Verlene sings and plays her Celtic harp in a variety of styles to give the sense of playing along with other musicians and singers. Then take these fingerpicking patterns, add your own if you like, and bring your harp to the next sing-along or jam session in your own community! 62 Pages. ALL LEVELS, ALL HARPS.
Table of Contents: The Water is Wide, Down the River, Go Down Moses, Mockingbird Song, Fair and Tender Ladies, Barbara Allen, Wade in the Water, America, the Beautiful, Streets of Laredo, Star of County Down, Scarborough Fair, Midnight Special, Oh Danny Boy, Amazing Grace, Wayfaring Stranger, Cockles and Mussels, Water Come a Me Eye, Cat Came Back, Old Joe Clark, and John Henry.