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  • Judiann Maddigan

    31 March, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    @libbyhitch If you are looking for music theory, the Kondonassis book doesn’t have much on that. You can find images of the Contents pages here: https://www.stretta-music.com/en/yolanda-on-playing-the-harp-nr-141048.html . (I have not ordered from that website.) I had read that Kondonassis has one of the best warm-up routines, split into 3 levels. I’ve been doing Grossi and haven’t tried it yet. Kondonassis also has good advice on many other harp-specific topics.

    The Woods Music Theory and Arranging Techniques book has been helpful. I want to do my own arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes, and I want to be able to come up with nice left-hand variations for lead sheets. This book has that information, and it is well explained. I have bogged down because I don’t have the skills yet to be able to sight-read the book’s 90 examples. I’ve decided to try inputting some of them into MuseScore and arranging them that way, so that I can at least hear what they sound like. Then I’ll choose which ones to practice and polish.

    If you want a book on music theory, it doesn’t need to be specifically for the harp. I’ve read good things about this one, but I don’t own it: https://www.amazon.com/Alfreds-Essentials-Music-Theory-Self-Study/dp/0739036351/ . You can also check your local library. Mine has several books on music theory, including eBooks that can be checked out for free. Honestly, most of the ones I’ve checked out have been boring. At least the examples in the Woods book make it more interesting.