This book, meticulously crafted by Beth Kollé and Laurie Riley, is filled with short exercises and excellent descriptions and drawings. Even though this book assumes the reader is a beginner, it does not cover note-reading. However, it covers the basics of playing the double-strung harp (two parallel rows of strings.) Exercises explain the unique sounds this instrument can produce. Focuses on placing, echoing, rolled chords, crossing over and under, scales, wandering thumb, and more.
Tunes are All Through the Night, Rose Rose, Reflecting Moon, For Ruth, Nonesuch, Chanter’s Tune, Einini, Mairi’s Wedding, Si Beag Si Mor. All of these tunes have variations using methods unique to the double-strung harp. 127 pages.
The CD was recorded by double-strung harpist Lily Swan who says, “With the double-strung harp I can play music that is not possible on any other instrument”.