Here in Nova Scotia, when my patch of purple crocuses appears I know Spring has finally arrived! The days are starting to get longer and the sun is bright and hopeful.
These 9 harp solos capture the essence of Spring. I hope you find one that inspires your imagination and brightens your day.
1. All Things Bright and Beautiful (Early Intermediate)
A delightful early intermediate arrangement for small harps with 26 strings or larger. This piece is light and cheery with two fun glissandos, which will add a little sparkle to your performance.
2. Apple Blossoms (double strung)
This cheerful little tune is so much fun to play on a double strung harp.
3. Daffodils (Late Intermediate)
This late intermediate lever harp solo creates a cheerful character for spring. The bright D Major requires F and C sharp levers and there is one lever change while playing.
4. For the Beauty of the Earth (Early Intermediate)
This is a favourite traditional hymn, written in 1864 by Folliot Pierpoint. This arrangement uses the familiar Christmas carol tune, “As With Gladness Men of Old”, which was composed by Conrad Kocher in 1838. Learn this piece along with me using the Video Course.
5. Forget Me Not (Elementary)
This lilting harp solo feels light and breezy. An elementary level player will feel comfortable with this piece. The left hand is limited to basic 1-5-8, 1-3-5 and 1-5 patterns and the right hand will place just 2 or 3 fingers with some simple linking.
6. Gentle Rain (Beginner)
A perfect solo for beginners. Full of teachable moments, you will focus on basic intervals and placing your fingers in groups. Learn how to cross hands efficiently and enjoy the calm mood. A lovely piece for lessons, harp therapy and personal relaxation. This piece is playable on small harps and no levers are required. Learn with me using the Video Course.
7. Over the Rainbow (Mid-Intermediate)
Enjoy playing this beautiful classic from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. This mid-intermediate harp arrangement of “Over the Rainbow” highlights the expressive melody while providing a flowing accompaniment that fits the hands beautifully. Learn this with me using the Video Course.
8. Periwinkle Blue (Mid-Intermediate)
This solo begins in the magical Lydian mode, creating a whimsical opening character. The middle section moves into a lilting waltz, which is sweet and relaxed.
9. Queen of the May (Elementary)
A terrific study for learning how to place and link 4-note finger groupings in the right hand. But don't be fooled by my calling this piece a "study", it's lots of fun to play as it celebrates the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane.
Wishing you a happy Spring!