Back from vacation in B.C. July is turning out to be a busy month for weddings and the like, so for now we’ve got a couple more videos, all the way from Peru! Considering the harp is one of the oldest instruments in human history, it’s not surprising that nearly every culture has developed its own unique style of harp and harp playing. Still, it never ceases to amaze me how different each type of harp, and its corresponding technique, can be from each other, and just how much variety there is in the harp world.
The first one features harpist Otoniel Ccayanchira playing Peruvian Andian music, as well as some traditional dancers. Courtesy of FolkPeru21
The next one features a solo harp piece performed by Florencio Coronado, followed by a Peruvian folk band and singer (Esmila Zevallos). Good close-ups of the harpist’s hands at the beginning if you want to check out the traditional Peruvian technique a little more closely.
This upbeat tune is popular at the Celtic sessions in our area. It lies fairly easily under the fingers for harp (especially the B part), so with practice you should be able to play it at a decent clip. Click here to listen (right click to download the midi file).
We often play Cliffs of Moher in a set with Tenpenny Bit.
The HarpBlog Tune of the Month is courtesy of Chubby Sparrow Music . For a printable version, right click on the picture and choose “save target as”, or pop over to the Chubby Sparrow Free Music page for more detailed printing instructions (note: if you just left click and try to print directly from the browser, it probably won’t print at the right size).