This is a book of 19 fiddle tunes arranged for the harp
and suitable for beginner and intermediate players. Nine of the tunes
have Harp 2 harmony parts. (You can see which ones in the paragraph
below the sample tune. They have an asterisk* after their tune name).
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.
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. EARL
NEWMAN Cover Artist
What people are saying about Fiddlin' Around on the Harp:
"I shared with my students your most recent books. They
are perfect for teaching: the way you make wide space for easy reading; the
simplicity, but beauty of arrangements; and the high-interest repertoire...
couldn't have asked for a better book. Thank you so much! Now, I need 2 more
copies of "Fiddlin' Around" please!" Carol
"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
"Your arrangements are really fun and
simple enough without sounding simplified." Verlene Schermer
"Nice compilation of tunes." Frank Voltz
I'm playing a few tunes out of "Fiddlin'" for my
gig at an assisted living facility at noon today. Besides the book itself,
I love that the print is big, which makes it easy to read in darker rooms.
I've also been working on the duet of Hector the Hero from the book,
which is our harp circle's November Book of the Month selection. It's a really
sweet arrangement and fairly easy to play. I'm hoping someone will want to
take a stab at it with me - possibly during the social/snack time...Jini O'Flynn
"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
Glad I have it! Heartily recommend!
Wonderful collection, the arrangements fall nicely under the fingers!
Denise in WI
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