Berklee College of Music harp professor Felice Pomeranz's new and informative book is subtitled Reading, Improvisation, & Arranging for Pedal & Lever Harpists.
Working through this book, you'll become a better improvising harpist. Whether you play pedal or lever harp, it will help you to explore your personal musicianship and creativity. Learn basic chords, chord symbols, and harmonic progressions used in a wide range of music, including jazz, folk, and other styles. You will learn techniques for soloing and for accompanying yourself or others. The harmony exercises will help you to master chord progressions in several grooves, practice modulating freely and without fear, and improve your chord recognition and smooth voice leading. The book is 120 pages, paperbound.
Special added bonuses are the accompanying audio tracks, which you can access online for download or streaming. These tracks include demonstrations and play-alongs. The audio tracks include Hal Leonard's innovative "PLAYBACK+", a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
Here are what some people are saying about this important new book.
Jazz music is something of a jungle for classically-trained harpists. It feels like a world filled with unknown harmonies, wild rhythms, and where an obscure language is spoken between musicians in the know. Felice Pomeranz guides harpists across this unexplored terrain. She clears a path with her lucid explanations, smooths the way with accessible examples, and speaks a language understandable to harpists who have not been exposed to jazz traditions and practices.
Taming the difficulties, step by step, Felice Pomeranz takes each harpist by the hand and leads them towards mastery of this music. Generations of lever and pedal harpists will benefit from her tremendous work; we should see many more jazz harpists in the future! For this wonderful contribution, we thank Felice most warmly, and with great admiration. - Jakez Francois, Harpist, President of Camac Harps, France
It's great to read a book that explains so much, and in such a friendly way. It's easy to understand, but doesn't 'dumb anything down.' Great for beginners as well as harpists looking for information (and practice ideas) on advanced chords, comping ideas, etc. I wish it had been around years ago! - Park Stickney, Jazz Harpist, Composer, Arranger, Educator
Felice Pomeranz has created a marvelous addition to the harp repertoire with her new book, Berklee Harp. It is a sophisticated and thorough improvisational method for both the pedal and lever harp, including the basic theory training that is needed to be a good musician. I can't wait to share it with my students. - Linda Wood Rollo, Harpist, Educator, Composer; Co-Author (with Susann McDonald) of Harp for Today
This new, important book by Felice Pomeranz is a comprehensive guide to music theory for the harp. It will be excellent for lever and pedal harp players who want to go beyond the basics of music theory, and learn about real-world applications and scenarios. Anyone who follows Felice's advice and diligently practices the many great exercises in this book will become a true master of harp theory, and be a much better musician as a result. - Sylvia Woods, Lever and Pedal Harp Author and Arranger (Sylvia Woods Harp Center)
My dear friend and colleague Felice Pomeranz has written the book we were all waiting for! A clear approach for harpists of all backgrounds (jazz, pop, classical, etc.) to understanding harmony and chord progressions. Felice illustrates these concepts with accessible musical exercises and songs. Her book is the 'must have' bible for harpists who want to play contemporary styles. - Isabelle Perrin, Artistic Director, the World Harp Congress; Professor of Harp, Chair of the String Department at NMH (Norwegian Academy of Music)
Click on the blue titles below to see a sample of the first few lines of music.