Harp music (clarsach) intermediate course with Corrina Hewat.
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Corrina Hewat teaches
6 tunes covering fingering, tuning and accompaniment for the Scottish
Harp (also known as the clarsach). This a very interesting and
Listen to a FREE
harp music sample of Corrina playing.
Lesson Plan Tuning – in Eb and then C, scale and then 5ths
NB: Each of the tunes has a pdf with any complicated
fingering marked, and fingering has been bracketed, noting placing
in the direction your fingers are playing.
Lesson 1 - Drops of Brandy –
a 9/8 jig in A major (with G naturals)
This 2 part tune is well known in Ireland and Scotland, in the
key of G and A. It’s a nice one to start with as the tune
is split between right hand (RH) and left hand (LH) in the first
part. I learnt it from the renowned harper Alison Kinnaird. In
fact I think I may have pinched her left hand roughly)to the first
Lesson 2 - Glenlivet – a reel in A minor
This 2 part Scottish reel first appeared in print in Volume
1 of ‘Kerr’s Merry Melodies’ published around
1875. RH and LH harmonics are demonstrated in this presentation,
and I have arranged the reel using only harmonics in the LH. This
tune also works well as a round.
Lesson 3 - Roslin Castle – slow air in E minor
A beautiful slow 2 part air, previously wrongly attributed
to James Oswald. Although it appears in his collection (1740),
he did not write it. It had appeared in a previous collection
by William McGibbon as ‘The House of Glams’ and acquired
the title Roslin Castle when Richard Hewitt wrote words to it
around 1750. Robert Burns also wrote his poem ‘The Gloomy
Night is gatherin fast’ to the tune in 1786. We concentrate
on running, arpeggiated chords in this tune. I want you to feel
free to adapt this into your own arrangement, with your own expression
Lesson 4 - Irene Meldrum’s – 2/4 pipe march
in D major
This is a fine tune for the harp – it does have lots of
five note runs, but with careful placing, these become fun to
play. The four parts have repeated phrases running through them,
keeping it memorable. I have kept a very simple chordal LH for
this one so as not to overpower the tune.
Lesson 5 - The Little Cascade – pipe reel in E
A well known 6 part reel very suitable for the harp. Written
by G S McLennan during his time in a German prisoner of war camp
during World War II, it was inspired by a dripping tap. This arrangement
should leave you very open to interpreting it in your own way,
taking it faster or slower than the version here (which is at
quite a moderate speed for learning purposes).
Lesson 6 - Elmo Lives downstairs – 9/8 - 6/8 jig
in D minor
This 4 part tune was inspired by a small dog who lives downstairs
from me, who doesn’t yap in regular time, but has adopted
a weird, if not remarkable, 9/8 3/4 rhythm to his barking. To
make the sound bearable I ended up playing along to him (from
upstairs in my flat) and ‘Elmo’ was born. It’s
a great rhythm to learn, and you should have lots of fun with
this one. I also play a harmony to the tune if you’d like
to learn it, or play along with it. I recorded this one on Kathryn
Tickell and my duo album “The sky didn’t fall”
released on Park Records, but with a beat missing in part 3.
Biography: Over the last ten years, singer and
harp player Corrina Hewat has emerged as one of the most distinctive,
original and versatile artists on the contemporary Scottish scene.
Synthesising the energies and idioms of traditional, jazz and
classical music, in formats ranging from entirely solo to a 31-piece
"folk orchestra", Corrina's combined talents as a vocalist,
instrumentalist, composer and arranger have won steadily increasing
acclaim among critics, fellow musicians and audiences alike. Only
now, however, has she at last distilled this wealth of experience
and creativity into her long-awaited first solo album, My Favourite
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