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Thread #17070   Message #163493
Posted By: black walnut
15-Jan-00 - 05:36 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lyrics with harp accompaniment
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics with harp accompaniment
i don't know how long you've been playing the harp, tirlan, but i think that finding a songbook with simple guitar chords is a great way to start to improvise accompaniments. it's a good idea, like emily said above, to keep things unmuddied, and let the harp resonate. for example, keeping the 3rd out of the left hand much of the time helps to keep things clean. when working up a song with many verses, it can help to write out a simple chord pattern for a verse, then basically repeat the pattern, but substitute certain chords on occasion, in the following verses. one can vary the pattern by incorporating different rhythm patterns as well. it doesn't have to be really fancy...the words should have the priority, at any rate, in my opinion. i'm quite a new harper, myself, but these ideas have worked well for me. ~black walnut