Harp Tuesday episode 193 and 194!

Episode 193 was a look at the system I use to indicate lever changes easily and clearly in Finale. Lever changes can pose a bit of challenge to show exactly which lever is to be changed.

Even if you work with a different notation software (Musescore, Sibelius, etc.) I hope this episode is helpful and gives you some ideas :)

Episode 194 was a look at the Aria that starts off Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With note values ranging from half notes to 32nds the rhythm can be a bit intimidating at first glance. In this episode I walk you through how to decipher and make sense of this and other music with tricky rhythms.

My arrangement of the Aria is one of seven pieces in my new book, Transcriptions for Lever Harp.

Support from my patrons makes continued Harp Tuesday video possible – thank you!

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This week’s Harp Tuesday episode! (Harmonics+Chords)

How to play a left hand chord with a harmonic on top. I talk about the various chords+harmonics in Godefroid’s take on “The Last Rose of Summer”.

The pedal harp sheet music can be found at https://archive.org/details/ladernirerosedtm00gode/page/2/mode/2up

I’ve arranged it for lever harp as part of my new book, “Transcriptions for Lever Harp”: https://www.joshlayne.com/store/?product=transcriptions-for-lever-harp-volume-1-downloadable-sheet-music-pdf

More videos on harmonics: https://www.harptuesday.com/harp-tuesday-ep-9/

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Introducing my new book, Transcriptions for Lever Harp!

A quick look at all 7 pieces from my new book of sheet music, available as a PDF from my online store!

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New music book, plus a new composition!

I’ve just published a new book, Transcriptions for Lever Harp, Volume 1!

Music by Bach, Godefroid, Handel, and Naderman – it’s available right now as a PDF.

And I’ve also published the sheet music to my newest composition, Uncharted Shores!

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This week’s Harp Tuesday episode – Xylophonic sounds on the harp!

What are “Xylophonic Sounds” on the harp and how do you play them? Find out in this episode of Harp Tuesday :)

My new composition, “Uncharted Shores“, features some xylophonic sounds, as does my composition Forgotten Summer.

Uncharted Shores:

Sheet Music

Forgotten Summer:

Sheet Music

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Announcing my arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue!

It’s here! I’m extremely excited to announce the publication of my arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

I’ve been performing this iconic piece for several years now (starting in 2017 at the Rio Harp Festival).  Over these past few months I’ve been entering and refining my  arrangement, and now have a beautifully typeset edition which has just been published today!

I’ve also arranged the opening Toccata for lever harp. It will be part of a larger collection of lever harp transcriptions, releasing in a couple weeks, but if you can’t wait you can buy the Toccata on its own right now (or as a bundle with my pedal harp arrangement).

Super excited to get this music out there, in your hands!

I’ve also just finished recording a music video of the Toccata and Fugue. It will premiere tomorrow on YouTube at 1pm PDT (Sunday, July 5th). (4pm east coast time, 10pm Central European time). I can’t wait to share the video with you – very happy with how it turned out!

And to celebrate the release of both the sheet music and my music video, I’ll be doing a livestream during  the premiere. Starting up at 12:55pm, come hang out with me as we watch  the music video together, then afterwards I’ll talk about my  arrangement and tell some stories, etc. Looking forward to streaming in  person, rather than just writing in the chat :)

If you follow the links it should show you a countdown timer, as well as  displaying when the video will go live in your local timezone.  Of  course you can always watch my performance of the Toccata and Fugue at your leisure once it premieres :)

I look forward to hanging out with you tomorrow!

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Music video: Farewell to Stromness

Another recent music video, “Farewell to Stromness” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, is part of the “Yellow Cake Revue” – a set of songs plus two piano interludes that Davies wrote to protest a proposed uranium mine on the Orkney islands in 1980.

I, too, live on an island; Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I thought what better to pair this song with than footage I’ve filmed on the beautiful Vancouver Island shorelines.

I’ve recorded a Harp Tuesday episode talking about how to play Farewell to Stromness on the harp.

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Music video: Chanson de Mai

I recently recorded a music video of Hasselman’s lovely Chanson de Mai, paired with the beautiful wild Camas flowers (and bees!) found here in Victoria, BC:

If you’re interested in learning Chanson de Mai, the sheet music is freely available at https://archive.org/details/chansondemairoma1897hass/page/2/mode/2up

I also did a Harp Tuesday episode on it!

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