Principles of Playing
  Teaching in a group

  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

    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
      Go to the Pieces...


The New Music Educational Project My Ancient Harp Playing [Contents]

Playing one string [String No. ]
General: Learning the basic principles of playing will immediately be combined with preparing meaningful pieces. During this time we will try to adhere to the principles of lesson planning, according to which the third part of the lesson is spent playing something together.

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.

Click for video clip...   Video clip,,,



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”:

5. Question and answer between orchestras (by creating patterns).
We will divide the players into two groups. Group A will perform a pattern of percussion - tapping the Ancient Harp's back, while group B plays a constant rhythm. Each group may enter at a different point. The teacher should prepare interesting patterns. It is possible to combine playing chords, playback or to simply accompany a matching song.


You can see only a part of this page; the shareware pages.

The full contents of the program [including all the sound files, music, notes, arrangements and video clips] are available for registered schools, music programs and teachers.

We are inviting you to register and activate the program at your place.

The programs are for: Schools, music course, music projects, summer camps and for You :-)
  Program's videos...  

My Ancient Harp Logo



Playing two strings

Our programs

  Have an Ancient Guitar


Program's video page

Play Guitar

For program's teachers personal study only • Using the above information is legal only when you have a permission or a legal agreement from Naftai Lahav
All rights reserved by Naftali Lahav • e-mail • Fax: 972 4 6429756