Rachel’s first lesson looks at a haunting hebridean song which translates as “The boat will come”. Be sure to download the Key Signature and Lever Guide as well as the sheet music
First Tunes for Scottish Harp
For those starting out on this wonderful instrument
The First Tunes for Scottish Harp course is for those players of the Harp who know the basics of the instrument and are ready to play some tunes on it.
Each lesson begins with a brief discussion on the piece of music and playthrough, before looking closely at the Melody played on the right hand and then the left hand accompaniment.
Downloadable sheet music is available for all tunes.
Your Tutor - Rachel Hair
Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest exponents of Scottish Harp (clarsach) playing, Rachel is a prominent performer in the Traditional Music scene and having toured extensively throughout Europe, the US and beyond, she has released 5 critically acclaimed albums.
A world renowned soloist and teacher, Rachel has performed and taught at harp festivals in the USA, Japan, Russia, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and Scotland. She has published 4 books of harp arrangements and compositions, and her music is currently featured on the syllabuses of both the Trinity College London and RCS Scottish Harp exam syllabuses
Lessons in Course
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Rachel’s next lesson is one of her own – an upbeat tune based on simple chord shapes she wrote after a Feis she taught at. This Post is only available to
The next piece Rachel looks at is a lovely gaelic lullaby where she develops the left hand some more. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Rachel next focuses on a Gaelic working song that’s often heard played on the Scottish harp. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Rachel teaches a popular retreat march where she expands on more left hand accompaniment ideas. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
As an added extra to this series, Rachel discusses a simple exercise that will assist in the future lessons. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
The next lesson in Rachel’s course looks at a lovely air that she believes is Scottish, though she knows that some think it is Irish. This Post is only available to
Next up is a jig from the Gaelic mouth music tradition, where Rachel starts to introduce some left hand syncopation. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
As another added extra to this series, Rachel discusses open 5th chords, a popular shape for left hand chordal accompaniment. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Rachel next teaches a lovely gaelic lament which translates as “Lament for Red Iain” who was nicknamed as such due to his red coloured beard. This Post is only available to
This time Rachel moves on to teaching a strathspey, named after that most Scottish of breakfasts, porridge. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
In her final lesson in her First Tunes course, Rachel teaches a reel that translates as “The Reel of the Brown Haired Maiden”. This Post is only available to subscribed members.