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After the Rain Course

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After the Rain Course

(38 customer reviews)

Value: USD$195

Price: USD$45 *
Members Price: 1 Credit  SAVE!

Get this course as part of our guided ‘Harp Beginnings’ Program – go from absolute beginner to playing beautiful harp music in 6 weeks!

“After the Rain” is written to sound like water dripping off the trees from a much-needed rain here in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s very simple but sounds really peaceful and lovely. It’s a great piece to work on basic technique while playing something that sounds good.

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Early-Beginner: The right and left hand share the melody, and each hand never has more than two notes per bar. The melody is a repeating pattern that you will become familiar with. Only fingers 1 and 2 are used.

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  1. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Rose-Marie Couture

    I really have enjoyed your on-line teaching

    Rose-Marie Couture (verified owner)

    I really have enjoyed your on-line teaching and I think this song is beautiful. It is wonderful to start playing an actual lovely song instead of songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, etc when I am just starting my second month of playing. I still play those to in order to keep practicing along with the beginning books, but I am especially loving your instruction. I plan to keep practicing and perfecting this song, and then I will continue on with your courses! I love them! 

    When I tried to learn to play the harp over ten years ago there was nothing like this, and I gave up. I never gave up my will to learn and after over ten years away from the harp I was determined to start again, and bought a Harpsicle Grand Harp and your on line courses are helping me fulfill my dream 🙂

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  2. One person found this helpful
    Shanti Supramaniam

    Shanti Supramaniam

    Easy to follow and love the way it was taught step by step. Definitely makes me feel more confident and prepared for the next song !

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  3. One person found this helpful
    Violet Webb

    All the parts are useful

    Violet Webb (verified owner)

    Everything offered with the course is useful – I found it helpful to listen to the music and read the sheet music first, then try and pick out as many of the notes as I can before I even started the videos. That meant that I could follow along at full speed, and I could focus on technique and the bits I found harder with Christy-Lyn’s encouragement. I was playing it full speed with very few mistakes after a week of practice and I got to exercise my music reading too!

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  4. One person found this helpful
    Amber Edwards

    Very encouraging piece for a beginner

    Amber Edwards (verified owner)

    I loved this lesson, I took the free YouTube series course and learned good basics then began After the Rain. I thought that it was a great starting song and really helped me with my technique. I also have been super encouraged by learning such a pleasant song right away. It was so easy to understand and follow I learned it (not fluently yet) in a week! My one piece of feedback would be maybe a troubleshooting section towards the end. I had a little trouble with some things along the way. But overall I loved it 10/10!

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  5. One person found this helpful
    Cayla Dickenson

    Wonderfully, simply taught

    Cayla Dickenson (verified owner)

    Wonderfully, simply taught. Love how you sometimes make a mistake and call it out and how you smile and laugh about the whole process making it all so joyful. As it should be!!

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  6. One person found this helpful
    Amanda Westrum

    A really positive learning experience

    Amanda Westrum (verified owner)

    “Hi! I just wanted to say that this was a really positive learning experience. I was able to go from zero experience with any harp to being able to play After the Rain at full speed in two days (many hours of practice though..)! I’ll probably keep playing it for a few days to make sure I don’t sacrifice technique for speed, but I had so much fun with this.

    There’s something about the way you teach that really makes it feel like I have my own music teacher. I used to play piano with a teacher, and when learning technique especially I feel like it is so important to have someone who reminds you to hold your hands right or complete your motions. I can get completely lost in learning the melody, so it is nice to get those gentle reminders. I’m so glad you do this!

    In general, the video tutorials I’ve completed so far (The course for complete beginners + After the Rain) give the impression that everything is very well designed. There are clear thoughts about the “”path”” that each person might be on from the moment they start playing the harp, and no unfamiliar concepts are mentioned in passing without first having been explained to us. It makes the whole learning experience feel very cohesive.

    I truly look forward to my next video course from you – you’ve created an amazing and positive community here :)”

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  7. One person found this helpful
    Kathryn Kelly

    Great Piece

    Kathryn Kelly

    Great piece — this piece introduces 2nd and 3rds — it is a soothing and pretty piece that helps you develop muscle memory for the shapes of 2nd and 3rds without being boring or monotonous like a practice drill. It is a piece that everyone can enjoy playing and listening!

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  8. One person found this helpful
    Amanda Westrum

    Excellent course

    Amanda Westrum (verified owner)

    I tried this right after completing the course for absolute beginners (“How to Play the Harp: Start here”). When I heard this piece I thought “Well, I’ve just managed to identify the strings on my harp, and now I’m somehow supposed to be able to play a full melody?”

    If you’re thinking the same thing and you’re not sure if you’re ready, I’m here to tell you that you are. Christy-Lyn breaks everything down in really simple terms. Because of how she explains things, you won’t end up just mimicking what she does – you will really understand what she does and why.

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  9. One person found this helpful
    Stephanie Peck

    I love the way you teach!

    Stephanie Peck (verified owner)

    Your courses were recommended to me by a local harpist who no longer gives lessons due to covid. 

    I love the way you teach! It helped me to focus on my technique, fingering, and timing. Breaking down the pieces into simpler, easier bits definitely helped in these areas for me. And all the while, making me look forward to practicing, not dreading it. I had found your videos on YouTube, before I even got my harp, and fell in love with them. Christy-Lyn, you are an amazing, helpful, teacher! Thank you! -Megan Peck, 15 years old

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  10. One person found this helpful
    Serena Carta

    Loved it!

    Serena Carta (verified owner)

    I love ho Christy explains! She made fall in love with the harp even more!

    You can find my cover on instagram: eren_plays_for_her_soul and TikTok (full version) Nena_daisy

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  11. Holly Harwood

    Wonderful Beginning Harp Song

    Holly Harwood

    Christy-Lyn wrote a beautiful little piece to teach us how to use our first two fingers to play real music. The work is broken into bite-sized chunks that make it easy to learn. This song is suitable to use as a solo for your friends, relatives, or cats.

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  12. Cat Maguire

    Interval intro

    Cat Maguire

    Great song to get used to both hands and learning intervals from the get go. Really enjoyed this!

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  13. Allison Poehler

    Allison Poehler (verified owner)

    Great course and song to learn for a brand new harp player! I really enjoyed the pacing of the course. I can take as much time as I need on parts that were more challenging for me. At the end, I was able to put all of the parts together and can play my first song!

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  14. Aleice Williams

    Perfect Beginner Piece

    Aleice Williams

    This is the first song 🎶 I ever played with the harp ever! Christy Lyn is really great at teaching and I love how she takes her time with teaching in sections. This is perfect for beginners and easy to catch on. Highly recommend!

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  15. Jane Linstead

    Lovely simple piece to start with - great beginner course

    Jane Linstead (verified owner)

    This piece is great for really getting good basic technique – so much nicer than beginner pieces that most beginner instruments do like Twinkle Twinkle, Mary had a little lamb, etc etc. Well set out course & easy to follow. I am going to use this piece as a good warm up to keep honing on improving my technique.

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  16. Ginette Pilkington

    Beautiful piece - great tutorial

    Ginette Pilkington (verified owner)

    Loved this piece. Easy to follow steps. Very quickly recognise patterns that help to memorise the piece.
    I love the way these courses allow you to progress at your own pace and recognise your progress.
    Christy-Lyn has such a positive and encouraging way of teaching that you cant help but progress.
    Onto the next course!

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  17. Bonita Graves

    Bonita Graves

    I loved learning “After the Rain” as my very first piece of harp music. To be a beginner and be able to learn a piece that sounds really beautiful on the harp so soon after learning and practicing the basics, I thought was pretty amazing. It encouraged me to keep on learning! The way it was taught by Cristy-Lynn gave me the time I needed to stay on each section till I learned it well. Her teaching methods and cheery personality made it lots of fun and very comfortable. I think she’s got to be the best teacher ever for someone as old as I am, and picking up
    an instrument now. This harp music ministers to my own soul!

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  18. Michelle Schillinger

    Michelle Schillinger

    A pleasure to learn with you!

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  19. Rebecca Laben

    Excellent Teaching and a Lovely Song

    Rebecca Laben (verified owner)

    Thank you for an easy to follow and pleasant course. It really built my confidence and was quite enjoyable!

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  20. Rebecca Sims

    It works for me.

    Rebecca Sims

    The tutorial works for me. Because I have no musical experience I had to stop, repeat and work through a few things to really grasp the pattern in each section. The key for me is to practice in “small chunks of time.” I did this three to six times a day. Now that I have memorized the whole piece I need to practice until I can do it fluently.

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  21. Bev Wilson

    Love this!

    Bev Wilson

    This piece was just the right amount of easy AND difficult, so that I felt like I had really accomplished something when I was finally able to play along with Christy-Lyn at full speed! And how wonderful it is that this feels like a REAL piece of music. Thank you for writing it. I love how you teach each section and then put it all together. I love that you include a slow playback and a playback at full speed. The one thing that might make it better for me would be to count off one or two measures before you start playing the playbacks. I found it hard to start my computer and then get my fingers placed quickly enough to be able to start with you. Other than that… Fantastic! Thank you for this course!

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  22. Athena Gibbons

    Learned something.

    Athena Gibbons

    I would have liked a few more seconds at the beginning of the slow play through to get ready after I hit Play. Besides that, it was great! 🙂

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  23. Nina Lenoir

    Excellent start

    Nina Lenoir (verified owner)

    This was a perfect way to get started. It helped demystify the harp and allowed me to learn 5 other songs on my own just from Christy-Lyn’s sheet music before I got my next credit for a new course. It was very easy once I understood what I needed to be doing and she is very clever in her arrangements. This teaches the most basic skills that you need, but in a song format instead of rote exercises. I am so happy my next credit is here so I can learn some more skills!

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  24. Anne O CONNELL

    Anne O CONNELL

    After inconsistent practising, over a long period, and becoming frustrated with my playing, I decided to go back to first principles and re learn earlier pieces. This and Mahogany Moon are part of my pathway to regaining some of what I lost. The lessons are succinct, but allow repetition, before moving on to each section. Thank you very much.
    They are easy to follow, and

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  25. Caitlin Rowan

    Great First Course

    Caitlin Rowan (verified owner)

    This was such a wonderful first course to begin with. I loved learning how to identify the strings and where to place my hands while playing. I felt very confident being able to learn each section at my own pace. I can’t wait to learn more!

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  26. Kimarie Webber

    Alchemical

    Kimarie Webber

    I thought this course was an excellent way to teach bracketing and all the myriad things that one should remember when first starting out, i.e., proper posture, arm, wrist and finger placement. I like going at my own pace so that I can focus on these things individually until I can put them all together. I particularly liked playing something that was a beautiful song and not just an exercise, yet it was an exercise to get my acclimatized to using both hands. Very sneaky, effective and fun! :-). I got a really slow start, but it affirmed for me that at almost 70 years old, I can learn something new and actually do this! Christy is a marvelous instructor and her smile and passion invite you in. I now need to polish and speed up “After the Rain”, but have already downloaded my next course/music: “Mahogany Moon”. The science and beauty of music and both of these pieces alchemical natures speak to me! Well done!!!!

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  27. Sue Berry

    Simple piece in beginning playing the harp sounds like the rain.

    Sue Berry

    Sounds like the rain the combination of notes when playing helps with getting started on the harp. Clear tution with lots of encouragement. Thank you.

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  28. Carolyn Chapman

    I love your teaching style

    Carolyn Chapman (verified owner)

    I love your teaching style. Love how you do different speeds to allow us to not feel rushed through learning.

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  29. Ruth

    Ruth (verified owner)

    The right level and very easy to learn.

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  30. Karen Chou

    A beautiful piece!

    Karen Chou (verified owner)

    It is a beautiful piece! I happened to play it once when raining, and it felt like I was harping near a waterfall. The techniques in the video were also helpful. I would be very confused with which fingers to use without the lessons! Looking forward to the next one.

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  31. Autumn Norton

    Fun first song!

    Autumn Norton

    I loved this course as a first intro to playing harp! It is easy to slow down and work your way up to playing at full speed with the videos, and the tune isn’t boring! I’ve played around with learning some basics with other instruments but never really felt like they were what I wanted to commit my time to. These videos are fun, inspiring, and helped me decide harp was the instrument i really want to play for hours every day!

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  32. Stephanie Peck

    Perfect For New Harpist!

    Stephanie Peck

    I have had experience with the piano and flute, but never with the harp. This was the first real lesson I’ve had since getting my harp. It was super easy to learn, sounding lovely, while mastering the basics. It doesn’t get technical, so you actually can know what you’re doing. It mad me focus on my timing and counting. Both of which I hate doing. But I now I don’t mind doing it as much as I usually do. I would definitely recommend to beginners, who have and haven’t any musical background. Loved It!!

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  33. Mitzie McElhaney

    After the Rain

    Mitzie McElhaney

    I am a total beginner and don’t know how to read music well yet and have never played any instrument so it was all new to me. This course took me from total beginner to having this first lovely song down well! The instruction was clear and in small enough chunks for a newbie to work my way through slow and steady. It was perfect for a total beginner like me!

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  34. Jennifer Fournier

    Excellent

    Jennifer Fournier (verified owner)

    After the Rain was excellent. My in-person teacher wanted me to learn a piece without relying on sheet music so that is how I learned this. The small segment videos were perfect. I am basically brand new to the harp and learned this piece in less than a week…I still need to fine tune timing and smoothness but I feel the hard part is done. Excellent course.

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  35. Cynthia Hauris

    After the Rain

    Cynthia Hauris (verified owner)

    I have never had music lessons before. I wrote the letters of the notes on the music to help me follow the song. Now I have it memorized. Don’t know what course to take Baby steps.

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  36. Lisa Szwec

    A really great course

    Lisa Szwec (verified owner)

    This is a really great course to review technique after a hiatus from the instrument. Nicely organized!

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  37. Britta Voight

    Love this as a beginning piece

    Britta Voight (verified owner)

    Love this as a beginning piece. The repetitive notes helps me to remember them as well as work on technique with utilizing both hands.

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  38. Sue Fry

    Such a lovely song to learn

    Sue Fry (verified owner)

    I have thoroughly enjoyed learning After The Rain. This is my very first song on my harp and I am more than excited as to how easy it was to learn. I have been playing the harp for only 3 weeks so am a brand new learner, but Christy-Lyn explains everything so clearly which makes it a joy to learn.

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