Welcome to the Moonharp page
First, tune the harp (using the tuning heads) to the E minor pentatonic scale: low – hi E G A B D E (6 string) or E G A B D (5 string) Below is an audio tuning guide for you. There are 3 plays of each note. Carefully play the string and bring the note up to the right pitch.
The relaxing ‘no-brain’ approach to instrument playing
The moonharp can be laid flat on the lap or held upright with one hand. Using fingers or a plectrum to play the strings, try playing along with a backing track (below). Remember, any note is OK; the backing music is perfect for the E minor Pentatonic Scale, so all of the strings, whether played individually or in combinations, will be in harmony with the music.
Try playing the strings one at a time, starting at low E, in time with the music, then at different speeds.
Using thumb and middle finger, play two notes together i.e. in pairs: E&A G&B A&D B&E
Create short ‘phrases’ and repeat them. Relax and see where the music takes your fingers!
Compositions to play along with:
Tranquil Sun (Chords: Emin – Emin11 – Amin7 – Emin7 – B7 – Amin13, loop
1980 Dreaming (chords: Emin7 – Amin7 – Dmin7 – Cmaj7, loop)
Get in touch and let me know how you get along.