Hi fellow harp players!
For the new year 2022 I have prepared two simple episodes of harp exercises for (relative) beginners. I will provide the links below where you can listen to these two episodes that are named Simple Chug A and Simple Chug B, respectively.
When listening, remember that these are for practice, but they can also form a starting point for improvisation and new ideas. Try it and see what you can create using their ideas.
I suggest listening to both episodes before even starting to practice them so that you get a better idea about where this is leading.
Also, as mentioned in the recordings, I use a diatonic Richter harp in the key of G.
Here is the link to Simple Chug A.
Here is the link to Simple Chug B.
Now an explanation about my system for tabbing single notes, chords and rests.
As you surely know: -2 means to draw on hole 2, while +2 means blow into hole 2. In this simple exercise, each note, chord and rest are played for one beat duration (using 4/4 time that means 1 quarter note duration), except for one note, which is played for two beats (which means that this is a half note in duration) and that is indicated like this: [-2] using the “square brackets” to indicate the half note duration. By the way, that is not standard harp tabbing.
I indicate a rest using the letter Z (also not standard harp tabbing).
I indicate a draw chord as follows: -(234) which means to draw on holes 2, 3 and 4 all at the same moment (you need to widen your pucker/lips to do this).
A blow chord is similar: +(345) means to blow into holes 3, 4 and 5 all at the same moment.
So the tab for the riff named Simple Chug A is this:
-1 +2 -2 -2 [-2] -(234) +(345) Z +(345) -(234) Z
The tab for Simple Chug B is very similar so I will leave it to you to write it out while listening to that recording.
Please give me some feedback so that I know what to change/improve in future recordings.
Thank you all, and have a very healthy and successful 2022,