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Learning to play fluently

Learning to play the harp with ease and fluency is a dream for most adult learners. As a composer and teacher, my goal is to create music that helps you to develop your skill while learning music that is expressive and enjoyable to play. 

It's all about giving the left hand time to replace each pattern so the music can flow without those small pauses and hesitations.

One of the key ingredients of my elementary harps solos is that I give the left hand time to move and replace so the hands can learn to coordinate in a way that feels natural. I want you to feel relaxed, efficient and effortless when you play my pieces.

I recently created a tutorial video to help you uncover the secret to playing left hand 1-5-8 patterns fluently. Get your harp and practice along with me to build your technique step-by-step.

When you are ready to apply what you learned to a piece of music, here are a few solos that would be good choices for practicing this technique.


IN THE CLOUDS is a gentle harp solo for beginners and elementary level players. The sheet music download includes 4 levels so you can grow with this piece or play along with a friend. This harp solo will fit small harps with 25+ strings (Bass C is the lowest pitch).


ARRAN BOAT SONG is a traditional Scottish tune. This early intermediate harp solo captures the steady, grounding pulse of the ocean waves.


FIRST SNOW is a soothing late elementary harp solo. With adult learners in mind, this original composition was created to fall comfortably in the hands so you can relax and focus on the beautiful imagery.


HOPE FOR TOMORROW is an expressive late elementary harp solo. Crafted with simple patterns that feel comfortable in your hands, you'll be able to focus playing with artistry and finesse.


STILL STILL STILL / AWAY IN A MANGER blends two beautiful, traditional Christmas carols into an arrangement that early intermediate harp players will love to learn.

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1 comment

  • Dear Anne. You are amazing. Thankyou so much for everything.

    3 queries:
    1) Why do you use the fourth finger in the left hand with triads? The 3rd finger is much stronger, can span a 1-5-8 easily, and to get that 3rd finger tucked away gracefully and effortlessly ( as you do of course :) seems an impossible task!

    2)Ever since I found your site have I loved the piece ‘Rose Madder’ which is part of the Watercolour on White album. I have bought a number of your music sheets and some still waiting for me to ‘grow into’ ( but which I am enjoying studying and figuring out anyway) but would really love to purchase RoseMadder as a single piece. I think it is also very popular. If you would consider offering it as a single piece I would be hugely appreciative thankyou.

    3) I am confused about your large Dusty Strings harps. I saw your blog about the Cherry FH34 which you received in 2023 but you are also playing a Dusty Walnut FH36. Do you still have them both? Which do you prefer?
    I have a Dusty Sapelle 34 String ( Crescendo) which I love and have just received an FH26 Bubinga Double strung so I am hugely grateful for your double strung pieces.

    With all your brilliant programmes for your students I hope you are getting sufficient rest for yourself. Take care


    Thankyou thankyou again

    Lara Treadwell

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