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Learn how to play the wire-strung harp with this instructional video tutorial - Learning Your First Tune
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My name is Cynthia Cathcart, and let’s learn the first tune. Since the first tune I usually teach the little fun called The Gentle Rain Fall. Start with your base-hand, fingers four, three, and two put them on strings D, E and F-sharp, you want to have your F tuned sharp for this tune. Treble-hand, fingers four, three, two on D, E, F and auto fire, so both hands, fours are on D, threes are on E and twos are on F-sharp. Base-hand, skip a string and put your thumb on A, treble-hand skip two strings and put your thumb on B, you are now on these strings D, E, F-sharp, A, D, E, F-sharp, B. Okay. The first element we’re going to learn in this tune is treble-hand four, three, two, that’s it. Four, three, two, as you strike, each succeeding string, return the previous finger to the string. Be comfortable with that, and then one time, strike the thumb, and as with the treble-hand, elements of this tune, base-hand just straight down the strings, thumb on A, two F-sharp, E and D, fingers three and four. Once you’re comfortable with that, here is the tricky part. Turn it around, come back up, but leave your second finger on the F-sharp, it’s an anchor, don’t move it. Fourth finger D, third finger E, thumb A. The elements are quick review, with sometime, okay and then base-hand straight down and one tricky time, straight up, but leaving the second finger on the string. It goes together like this; treble-hand plays this bit, base-hand plays this bit. Do that again. Here’s the tricky bit; treble-hand goes all the way up to the thumb, base-hand comes up, skipping that second finger, don’t play the F, and then it’s back to the way it began. One more time, treble bit, base-hand; treble-hand up, base-hand down. Treble-hand all the way up, base-hand up, four, three, one, treble-hand, base-hand, one more time without my talking.