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Fiddlin' Around on the Harp

Fiddle Tunes arranged for the Harp by Sharon Thormahlen

Fiddlin' Around on the Harp

This is a book of 19 fiddle tunes arranged for the harp and suitable for beginner and intermediate players.

When  Dave and I started arranging these tunes, I tried playing some harmonies while he played the melodies on the mandolin. It didn’t work on all the tunes, but with a lot of messing around and tweaking of ideas, we got some pretty good results. A solo instument can play the harmony part while you play the melody or you can play the harmony while the solo instrument plays the melody. They are just meant to be fun tunes to play with your friends.

         Some might call the tunes in this collection “fiddle tunes.” These are usually defined by a tune of 32 bars, with an AA BB form or something close to that (AA BA, AA BB CC). Many “fiddle tunes” were conceived on other instruments than the fiddle, like bagpipes, horns, piano and harp. These tunes usually come down through oral (aural) traditon and most often are learned by ear. This means that the folk process figures heavily in their evolution.

         You may have heard many different versions of the same tune. Sometimes the same tune may have a different name, and sometimes a different tune will have the same name. This can be very confusing. I chose the name I was most familiar with and seemed to be the most commonly used. Feel free to alter the tunes to the melody you are familier with and call them by the name that you know.

Songs include Black Nag, The Lea Rig, Hector the Hero*, Indian Point, Sailor's Hornpipe*, Merrily Kiss the Quaker, Planxty George Brabazon*, Happy Boys*, Star of the County Down, Foggy Dew, Fiddlin' Around on the Harp*, The Rakes of Mallow*, Kesh Jig, Drowsy Maggie, Si Bheag Si Mhor*, Fisher's Hornpipe, Wind that Shakes the Barley*, Coleman's March* and Carolan's Concerto.

*These tunes have harp 2 harmony parts or they can be played by a solo instrument along with the harp 1 melody part.

The keys in this book are C, Am, G, Em and D and the tunes are in the order of how many sharps the key has.

A digital audio CD can be purchased to accompany this book for $5. This audio is played by my computer harp setting and is EXACTLY what is on the page. It is useful as a learning tool.

The book is $25. 

 

What people are saying about Fiddlin' Around on the Harp:

"My daughter, Jamie, brought her violin over and for the first time we played together!! I've suggested playing together for years, but it took this book to spark her interest. Granted, you can imagine...first time...AND I'm rhythmically challenged, but it was so much fun! Our favorite piece??? Fiddling Around on the Harp! It is Lovely! This also made Jamie see that this could be done with other music. We both had a really great time. Thanks so much!" Janet Daugherty

"Your arrangements are really fun and simple enough without sounding simplified." Verlene Schermer

"Nice compilation of tunes." Frank Voltz                                                                EARL NEWMAN Cover Artist

"I bought one of your books when I had just started playing the lever harp because the cover art was so beautiful! How nice it was to discover the contents were too!" Deette Bunn

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Ordering information:
All of my books are available through Thormahlen Harps. For direct orders (not using Paypal), please send the listed price per songbook plus $4 shipping for 1 item, add $2 shipping for the next item and $1 for every additional item after that. Send your order to Thormahlen Harps, 1876 SW Brooklane, Corvallis, OR 97333. Or call us at 541-753-4334 for Visa, MasterCard or Discover purchases. Shipping costs are slightly different when ordering through Paypal.

 

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