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The Sing-Along Harper

 

Singalong how to book

 

 

This book will give you tools to play along with singers and other instrumentalists without needing to read and memorize music! The concept is the same as for learning folk guitar -- they only need to learn some chords and a few strumming or fingerpicking patterns, and away they go! So, why should guitar players get all the fun? Here at last is an approach to playing folk harp that is truly a folk style of learning. Although all the songs used for examples and practice in this book are from American and Celtic folk music, you can apply this to modern popular music as well. The book includes how to figure out the keys and lever settings for songs, and what to do about chords that are not "within the key." It also includes a fingerpicking "library" with 80 patterns in four different time signatures. There are 20 fun folk songs with lyrics and chords, not a single note to read. The book comes with a companion CD of all 20 songs to rehearse along with. Verlene sings and plays her Celtic harp in a variety of styles to give you the sense of playing along with other musicians and singers. Then you can take these fingerpicking patterns, add your own if you like, and bring your harp to the next sing-along or jam session in your own community! 62 pages ($25.00 for book/cd)

 

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The songs in the book include:

The Water is Wide
Down the River
Go Down Moses
Mockingbird Song
Fair and Tender Ladies
Barbara Allen
Wade in the Water
America, the Beautiful
Streets of Laredo
Star of County Down
Scarborough Fair
Midnight Special
Oh Danny Boy
Amazing Grace
Wayfaring Stranger
Cockles and Mussels
Water Come a Me Eye
Cat Came Back
Old Joe Clark
John Henry