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New Music Educational Project My Ancient Harp Playing [Contents]
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The pieces we will play should be easy and sound good that is to give the students a certain understanding regarding the potential inherent in playing this instrument.
First turn back to: How to teach playing in a group and learn how to strum an open string.
Suggestions for activities involving playing an open string:
1. The dialogue: The teacher or one of the students, strike the back of the instrument and the other students repeat this, playing an open string [a rhythmic ratio of 1:1]
2. An improvised piece by the teacher based on a very simple pattern, which the students will play repeatedly, for example:
3. It is possible to divide the class into two groups and teach each group a different rhythm. The rhythms will be interwoven as the groups play together. For example, group A can start and play 4 times, then group B plays 4 times, and then both groups will play together 4 times.
This may be done in two groups: group A could strike the instruments while group B plays an open string. Here we can also combine strumming the short part of the string (birds) clapping, finger clicking, etc. The idea is to create a musical pattern that will sound good from the very first try.
4. More advanced classes can be given a phrase made up of two bars. This will require actually learning the part. We can use such a part more easily if we attach it to the beginning of a song, for example: Put your hand in mine:
Question and answer between orchestras (by creating patterns).
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