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  • What’s the best methods book for a late beginner?

  • Marilyn Millstone

    15 March, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I’d love to hear about a beloved methods book for late beginners. I found the Level I book of Playing the Harp Beautifully too easy, but Christy Lyn seems not to recommend her Level II book. I have the Sylvia Woods methods book but just don’t love it. Any suggestions deeply appreciated.

  • Claire Lécuyer

    15 March, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Marilyn, you can have a look at this discussion: https://www.learningtheharp.com/forums/discussion/anyone-learing-from-books/

    I replied in this one without seeing that it was in the category “Never played an instrument before”, but no matter, there have been a lot on advices there. But I’m interested too if some people have an answer to your specific request, as I’m a late beginner too.

    Anyone learing from books?

  • Annais Ryder

    24 March, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Grossi Method and Deborah Friou excercises!

    • Sheila Spitzak

      19 May, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      I have heard these two exercise books are good.

      Does anyone have any recommendations on how to learn grace notes?

    • Sally Snyder

      4 June, 2021 at 4:27 pm

      Yes ! I love Grossi & Friou ! Also, even though I’m not taking lessons from a Suzuki-certified instructor, I still use the books because they very nicely progress with each tune. Currently on Book 2.

  • Mary Frank

    20 May, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Marilyn,

    I found the Grossi Method book to be helpful in technique exercises. There is even an online youTube channel by Therese Honey (spelling?) who will show you how the exercises are done. I have the Pamela Bruner book and I love how it’s organized but I haven’t had a chance to use it because I’m taking courses online and learning techniques from the online tutorials. There’s also the Betty Paret book, “Learning the Harp” that might be useful to you. I hope that helps.

  • JS Moir

    3 June, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Hey, Marilyn. Yeah. Well, I’ve tried a LOT of books: Bruner (good, but nothing beats a real teacher- even with her DVD’s- and yeah, there are some ‘holes’ in the technique that plagued me, and kept me ‘stuck’ for months, it seemed); Grossi (good, but necessary/tedious/boring- but, if you can find a used copy, worth it); and Deb Friou’s book (which is more like a manual to keep your chops in order, AFTER you get them- lol. FWIW, I am working through the Dilling “Old Tunes for New Harpists” right now as my ‘go to book’- primarily because I did the online “Harp Course I & II” with the wonderful Alice Giles (best money I ever spent, apart from getting my Salvi Diana, used!) – and Alice starts out with that Dilling book. What I like about it (oh, did I say I’m a college Music [voice] instructor?) is that all the pieces a) build on one another, very simply, and b) by going back and ‘warming’ up on the earlier pieces, you reinforce the technical points. They also are c) very short excerpts- combining both folk and ‘classical’ pieces, that are PRETTY. That sense of repetition/reinforcement means you feel a sense of ‘accomplishment’ when you ‘get’ one piece, and go on to the next. I could go on for a lot longer, but…. well, hope this helps.

  • Libby Hitchcock

    3 June, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    i too am in a similar learning spot and while I have an instructor I do find I gleam so much more with books and videos. Thanks for making this post! and thank you @mary.frank & @js.moir for the YouTube and Alice Giles recommendations! I am looking forward to checking them out.

  • Marilyn Millstone

    3 June, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    So grateful for the time you took to craft such a thoughtful reply. Thank you!

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