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 two strings
General: We will tune the second string - string No. a major second above string no. (the first string we played). First we will teach the students how to play two strings. We can gradually teach the two methods:
1) Strumming with a plectrum (easier and more comfortable) with the instrument placed on the player’s knees.
2) Guitar fingers-style using the right hand fingers (in right-handed students) with the instrument placed on its side. The two methods can be taught together, after which each player may choose the method he/she finds more convenient.

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a.     Once we start playing two strings we already have two sounds. This enables us to create mini-pieces for single instruments to which we can add the effects of tapping and strumming the short parts of the string.

  a) Suggests a simple phrase which is to be played repeatedly:
The teachers may accompany this phrase using a melodic or harmonic instrument.


Playing two strings:

b) Once the class has mastered this phrase it may be divided in two, each half being played alternately by a different group:

c) Playing with accompaniment:
A piece which we will accompany using a harmonic instrument.

We will play it about 4 times and end it with a tremolo on string no.


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