Grab your harp and get ready to play! Here you will find our list of lessons. We recommend that you start at the beginning with Lesson 1 if you have never played music or the harp before. If you already know a little music and know a thing or two about playing the harp, you can skip to any lesson you’d like to start with. You can even do multiple lessons at once if you’d like. Each lesson has a short description of what the lesson covers so you can better chose which areas you’d like to learn about.
If you feel you are too advanced for the lessons, please check out our Play-A-Longs where you can play along with Darlene. They are incredibly fun! You can also purchase music books if you prefer to play some new music on your own.
*Look at the bottom of the list for our Best Value, the Total Lesson Package!
Start at the beginning with this free lesson and learn the basics of reading music and playing the harp.
Lesson 1 will cover: Introduction, Description of Harpsicle Harps and Other Harps, Parts of the Harp, Red and Blue Strings, Grand Staff, Finger and Hand Position, Notes C,D,E and Practice, Notes A,B,C and Practice, C Chord, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Right Hand Step Ladder,” “Left Hand Down the Steps,” and “Ode to Sadness.”
Lesson 2 will cover: Types of Notes, Time Signature, Notes F,G,A, Notes E,F,G, Fingering and Brackets (Placing), “Ode to Joy,” “New World Symphony,” and “Are You Sleeping.”
Lesson 3 will cover: Repeats, Notes B,C,D, Notes D,C,B, Pick-Up Measure “Brahms’s Lullaby,” Tie “Traditional Morning Hymn,” and “Spring” from the Four Seasons.
Lesson 4 will cover: High Notes E,F,G, Ledger Line Notes, 8va, 8vb, and 15ma, 8va practice, High Notes A,B,C, Hands Play Separately “Old McDonald,” “Clementine,” The Thumb Slide “Yankee Doodle,” “Surprise Symphony,” and “Joy to the World.”
Lesson 5 will cover: Glissandi, “The Glissy Symphony,” “Greensleeves” (Gliss), Playing with Thirds “Silent Night,” Slurs “You are My Sunshine,” Fourth Finger Slide, and Thirds with Left Hand.
Lesson 6 will cover: Overlapping Brackets, More Overlapping Brackets, “All Through The Night,” “Lavender’s Blue,” Placing Without Brackets, and more notes with Left Hand “Amazing Grace.”
Lesson 7 will cover: Cross Overs and Cross Unders, No Peeking Cross Overs and Cross Unders, “Simple Gifts,” Chords, “Skye Boat Song,” “O, Danny Boy,” Roll Chords and “Marry Widow Waltz.”
Lesson 8 will cover: Arpeggios, “Aura Lee,” Playing Notes with Both Hands, Contrary Motion, “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
Lesson 9 will cover: 16th Notes, “Galway Piper,” 6/8 Time, “Planxty Irwin,” “Garten Mother’s Lullaby,” and “In the Garden.”
Lesson 10 will cover: Key Signatures, Tuning to Eb, “For the Beauty of the Earth” (F Major), “Crystal Snowflakes” (G Major), “Cannon Jr. in D,” Accidentals, and “Abide with Me.”
Lesson 11 will cover: Tempos and Ornamentation, Trills “Lord Galway’s Lamentation,” Grace Notes “Brian Boru’s March,” Fermatas, “Love Lifted Me,” Triplets, and Triplets “Carolyn’s Ramble to Cashel.”
Lesson 12 will cover: More Terms and Symbols, Dynamics, Dynamics and More “Christ Arose,” 16th Notes in 6/8 time “Emerald Island Jig,” and No Fingering “Carnival of Venice.”
Lesson 13 will cover: Harmonics “Chimes in the Village Square,” Playing with Chords-Inversions, Chords “Swanee River,” Chords “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and “Long, Long Ago.”
Lesson 14 will cover: Add Your Own Chords “Waltz,” Relative Minor Keys, “After the Storm” (A minor), “The Turquoise Shore” ( A minor), and “Beyond the Cliffs of Moher” (A minor).
Lesson 15 will cover: Playing Melody with Left Hand “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” Common Time “Melody,” 9/8 Time “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” 6/4 Time “Sheebeg and Sheemore,” and 2/4 Time “Blind Mary.”
Lesson 16 will cover: Transposing Music to Another Key, Transposing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to 3 Other Keys, and Transposing “Jingle Bells” to 3 Other Keys, High and Low.
Total Lesson Package (Lessons 2-16)
BEST VALUE! Lessons 2-16 is a comprehensive harp course. It contains all the basics you need to make beautiful music. You begin with Lesson 2. You are able to view your current lessons for up to 30 days. If you are ready for the next lesson before your current lesson expires, simply contact us through the Contact Page, and we will put the next lesson up for you.
BONUS – By purchasing the Total Lesson Package, you will receive our Fave Five Play-Alongs!!