First Steps to Harp Improvisation by Louise Trotter PDF Download
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Many situations occur when the harpist would like to create free-form musical improvisation. Whether compositions are written according to style and form, or consist of random chords, arpeggios or glissandos, it is possible to be harmonious and effective with the help of this publication by Louise Trotter. Bass, melody and arpeggio patterns are included, and one page of suggested improvisational styles that you can put on your music stand for reference. For intermediate players on any type of harp.
This 23-page PDF includes 14 pages of music with some fingerings and chord symbols.
The original book included a 20-minute companion CD, recorded with the etudes as they are written in the book, and then in free-form improvisation. Since this is the PDF version, you’ll find a link on the Preface page sending you to a website where you can download the mp3 sound files from this CD.
Table of Contents:
Suggestions for Getting Started
Bass and Melody Patterns
Etude 1 Reflections (two bass patterns)
Etude 2 Aquamarine (arpeggios in 3 & 4-finger patterns)
Etude 3 Mountain Trail (repetition, suspended chords)
Etude 4 Alpine Lake (L.H. arpeggiated figure)
Etude 5 Bluebonnet Waltz (stride bass in 1, 4, and 5 chords)
Etude 6 Icy Stream (arpeggios in 1, 6, 2, 5 chords)
Etude 7 Balloon Flight (interlocking hands)
Etude 8 Kaleidoscope (intervals of 4th & quartal chords)
Etude 9 Whirlpool (descending triplet figures)
Etude 10 Foggy Dawn (L.H. melody, R.H. glisses)
Etude 11 Gypsy Caravan (rhythmic, in key of E minor)
Etude 12 Prairie Mirage (piece using several techniques)