Dragonflower Music Grading System for Harp Music

Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher has written a very good grading system for harp music. All Dragonflower Music pieces have been graded according to a detailed description of the playing difficulty levels:

Easy to understand, we have listed it here:

B = Beginner No lever or pedal changes required. Primarily single notes used in both hands. Two hand coordination is minimal. Simple meter and keys used only. Minimal range of the harp used. No uses of harmonics, pres de la table or glissandos. Length of piece not more than two pages.

AB = Advanced Beginner No more than four lever/pedal changes required. Primarily single notes used in both hands with simple placings. Occasional chords employed on slow-moving notes. Mostly simple meter with occasional use of compound meter. Simple harmonics, près de la table, or glissandos may be used. Length of piece not more than four pages.

I = Intermediate Several lever/pedal changes may be required. Independent use of both hands on either single notes or triads required. Some occasional larger chords used with wider hand spacing necessary. All simple and compound meters used, but not rhythmically challenging. Harmonics, près de la table, or glissandos may be used freely. No restriction on length of piece at this or higher levels.

AI = Advanced Intermediate Significant lever/pedal changes may be required within the piece. Complete hand and finger independence necessary. More complex fingering, connecting and replacement of notes, technically somewhat demanding. More rhythmically challenging, syncopated, or having rapidly changing note values. No restrictions on use of contemporary harp sound effects.

A = Advanced Numerous lever/pedal changes within the piece and/or cross pedaling. Complete hand and finger independence in contrary motion required. Rhythmically challenging, highly syncopated or complex. Technically quite challenging; finger demands are considerable. Exploitation of all contemporary sound effects on the harp can be expected.

V = Virtuoso Extensive lever/pedal changes within the piece. A “showy” piece, requiring complete technical mastery of the instrument and the highest level of musicianship.

Look for the grading symbol on the lower left back cover of every DFM arrangement. While every single characteristic may not be present, the descriptions give an idea of the type of technical demands that may be encountered in a harp composition at a given level. Most of our publications are in the intermediate to advanced intermediate range, as that is where the majority of harp players feel comfortable but challenged.

Dragonflower music can be found on our site here:

To read more about Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher, visit her site: Dragonflower. http://www.dragonflower.com/

Rees-Rohrbacher has recently released three publications.  Click on the cover for more information. These titles are available both as PDF download and paper.


Downloadable Product Information

Here at Melody’s we offer a wide array of music books and accessories.  In the music book category, you may have a choice between PDFs (or MP3s) and paper books. If there is a choice, you are required to click either the paper version or PDF version before you can put an item into your cart. There should be no shipping charge for download music.  If there are physical products in your cart at the same time, your total will reflect shipping for those physical items.

Products that are download only will have a narrow blue banner toward the top of the description.   Products that are only available as physical/paper will not have a choice for you to make in order to add to your cart, nor will they have the narrow blue banner signifying download only.

After you check out, you are directed back to your receipt where you can download your music. Also, you will receive an email thanking you for your order with links that will take you to your downloads. Please add melodytradmusic@gmail.com to your approved e-mail list. If you do not receive an e-mail within a few minutes after you place your order, check your spam folder.

If you created an account with us, you can also find your downloads by going to “My Account” and clicking on the “Downloads” link.  We highly recommend that you create an account so that you can refer to your order history whenever you want.

Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”. 

If you have a problem with your downloads, please contact us at MelodyTradMusic@gmail.com  for assistance. Because our website contains so many titles, on occasion we have overlooked uploading a PDF here or there.  When you notify us of this, we make the correction immediately.  Please note that downloads are not “returnable.”


Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”.  If you can’t find your PDF, look in your “downloads” folder first.  The title of the PDF may not match the title of the book, so you may want to change the title to what you will remember. After you have located your download, please either remember that it is in your “downloads” folder, or better yet, move it to another folder on your computer with a name that you will remember.

Your respect of the copyright laws will help support the musicians and arrangers who created this music, and will encourage more harp music to be produced in the future. Please do not make multiple copies to pass on to others. You can help keep downloadable harp music viable and available by encouraging your students, friends, and relatives to purchase their own copies. Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


On our website, folkharp.com, we offer a wide selection of paper and download music. We were always in a quandary about publications having several parts, or that include sound files. After realizing that we can place multiple files into one folder and “zip” it up, we are now able to offer book + cd options.

What we do: sound files and the PDF book are placed into a folder and zipped. The zipped folder is inserted into the product on the back end of the web site.

What you receive: after you purchase, you receive a zipped folder. This is a folder that literally has a picture of a zipper on it, indicating there is more than one document in the folder.

What you do with it: Generally by double clicking on the folder, it automatically opens up. The challenge lies in whether or not you have a program that unzips these folders. If you do, it is as simple as double clicking and the contents are revealed. Alternately, you can right click on the folder, which brings up choices, one of which is “open with” – you then click on your unzip program.

If you don’t have a program to unzip your files you’ll have a challenge! Recently I bought a small laptop for my zoom lessons. This laptop did not come with winzip, or any other kind of program that unzips these folders. The computer kept wanting me to purchase winzip for $29.  I found another program that does a great job, and it is free. 7-zip unzips all my compressed (zipped) folders! It is open source and you can find out more here:https://www.7-zip.org/

We hope all this information is helpful to you.

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