tibicen at mixolydian.org
Fri Nov 30 12:34:04 PST 2001
Eloise Beltz-Decker <eloise at ripco.com> asks:
> Has anyone out there done much with using harp to
> accompany storytelling?
About a year and a half ago, I ran "The Harp+Story Project" in my
barony, in which I paired up storytellers and harpers, and coached
them. It was for a Beowulf-themed event,and the harp+story duos all
performed there. I think we had three pairs.
Note, I Am Not A Harpist. ("So, Tibicen, what's up with your period harp
music book, anyway?")
Anyways, it was a lot of fun for all of us. It was very accessible to
very beginning harpers, which makes it a fun widely-applicable project.
Speaking of beginning harpers....
I have now had a chance to observe a beginning harper trying to "Teach
Himself to Harp" from Sylvia Woods' book. I am severely not
impressed. Indeed, I am finding myself writing exercises for two
local beginning harpers, to try to back-fill over the stuff Sylvia
Woods skips. I Am Not A Harper[*]: this is absurd. Can someone
recommend a better beginner's book?
Oh yeah, introductions, for thems that don't know me: I'm Tibicen. I
live in Carolingia (East). I'm an early music wonk. I will play any
historical instrument I can lay hands on. I sing, and tell the
occasional tale. If you were at the Ealdormere Bardic Circle on the
last Saturday night of Pennsic, I was the anonymous "flutist" you may
have heard (recorder, actually). For that matter if you heard a sweet
mornful pipe over the waters of the lake on, um, mid-war Sunday?
night at dusk, that was also me. Previous Pennsic, I and my band (the
Waytes of Carolingia) played the Masked Ball. And I played and sang
lots of other times, too. :) I self-published the book "A Harpable
Danserye" under my mundane name, and maybe a few of you have it.
[* But 9 years of piano[**]. Many of the basic issues are the same.
Finger-independence, hand-independence, reading two staves, home
positions, finger strength, accuracy and steadiness....]
[** The only reason I am not a harper is lack of harp (and adequate
technique). From time to time I borrow one.]
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