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  I.  Basic Knowledge

     1. Sitting position
     2. Holding the Plectrum
  
  3. Plectrum style
     4. fingers-style plucking
  
5. Our notes' sings
     6. Tuning
     7. Qualities of sounds

  II.  Playing

       General
    1. Contents of playing
        a) Playing one string
        b) Playing two strings
        c) Playing accompaniment
    2. Creativity
         a) General
         b) Composing
         c) Composing board
         d) How to improvise
         e) Imp. with drawing
         f) Progressing   
       
  III. Music pieces
  
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The New Music Educational Project My Ancient Harp Basic Knowledge

Our notes' signs:
Our notes are visually concrete, that is, the student can see which note appears on which string and in which order. Therefore, there is no need for the student to learn and practice where is each notes position, as in regular music notation. In short we are using a visual-realization based notes sign.

See how we set our notes' sings:
We put a circled number near each string.
The numbers are the strings' numbers:
The first low (thick) string is no..
The middle (second) string is no..
The high (thin) string is no..

 


Note: The lower string [string is no.] will be the closer one to our body, as we positioning the Ancient Harp for playing.

The function of our visual note system - in the Ancient Harp program - is to make three things possible:
1. Early learning of signs, which enable the student to relate to rhythm and sound pitch [Low, medium, high].
2. The ability to write and play instantly according to the visually concrete signs and to start music creativity in the first steps of music education.
3. The ability to play together without remembering each part, which may be useful, for example, in a concert.

Widening:
Which string do we play?
Each string is represented by a line with a number in a little circle at its left. This number represents the number of the string. The soprano string (the thin one) is represented by number 1 in the circle
. The second, string (the middle one) is represented by the circled number . The bass  string (the thick one) is represented by the circled number . We use the same numbers to mark the strings on the Ancient Harp itself, so that the student knows and sees which number represents which string.
The direction of writing and reading the signs is from left to right, as it is in the regular staff.

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