Play the Harp with Charlie the Kitten

Instrumentation: Lever Harp

Level: Beginner, no prior knowledge of music theory. From 6 years old.

Material: 64 pages A4 size.

Composer: Isabelle Frouvelle

Illustrations: Loren Bes

Publication date: 2007

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This method has been specially written for young beginners.

Gradual learning of notes and rhythms is designed to go hand-in-hand with general musical training. For this reason, the selected exercises and pieces are based around middle C, progressively extending to other areas in keeping with the majority of current music learning methods.

Technical progress for the students follows these key parameters. Polyphony is only introduced into these small pieces during the later stages of this book by means of a variety of technical exercises involving contrapuntal motifs.

The method has been deliberately made as playful as possible and is based around the adventures of the young kitten, CHARLIE, using a mixture of very short exercises and pieces that change frequently.

The exercises always involve independent use of the hands in order to focus on individual technical difficulty, work on technique and ease the student into good practice habits, an approach essential for continual development.

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