Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

About Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

This lesson will be taught in the aural style of learning traditional Irish music. A melody or tune will be taught by ear, phrase by phrase providing attention to using correct fingerings and playing technique. This style of learning may appeal to those just beginning the harp or those that already play the harp by reading standard notation but want the experience of learning by ear and playing in the Irish style. In 45 minutes, you will understand the process of learning a tune/song in a group setting and tips for further practice and learning.

This class is limited to 40 students. This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School.


Class Materials Needed

Harp

Age Range

Adults

Skill Level

Novice and Up


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About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 96 years, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,000 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.


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When

Single session on Tuesday, April 18, at 5 pm ET | 2 pm PT | 21:00 UTC.

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Apr
18th
5:00 PM - 5:55 PM EDT
Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp
Lorinda Jones

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Students Say

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Verified Student on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Wonderful series!


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John H. on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Great class, very helpful, the songs were broken down in parts to make the learning easier.


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Verified Student on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"


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Maureen V. on March 3, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Lorinda was great. I was not as ready for the speed of teaching and all the songs became overwhelming. I was slower to figure out and never sure I had it right. Part 1 could have been 2 parts. Part 2 had me still working in Part 1 basics and was helpful with less songs but also more to learn. Moving beyond Melody line overwhelmed me and adding chords was not hard if I had the notes figured out. I have learned basics but it has taken a lot of time every week on my own and never got it all. It was my problem as not ready to tackle this in such a speedy way. I will continue to teach myself from the classes and songs. Glad they are available.


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Nancy D. on March 2, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Wonderful! Love Lorinda’s teaching style.


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Maureen V. on February 28, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

am so frustrated that i quit. I try to take notes but I get part and the rest is so fast I am totally lost. You are way above my level or I am not meant to play by ear!!!!! I need a class 1/2 the speed of this. Very frustrated.


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Ginny S. on February 7, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Great class! Because I’ve been playing since 1994 I knew many of the tunes that Lorinda taught, and figured them out on the fretboard easily. So, I didn’t practice as I should have. BUT taking the class increased my confidence in playing by ear, and picking out tunes. During QuaranTune9 I actually used some of Lorinda’s hints to learn tunes unfamiliar to me. Glad I took this class!


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T. B. on February 4, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Great Class! Looking forward to continuing with the next level


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Verified Student on February 3, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Very helpful. As advertised, I was able to learn all the tunes without having the tab in front of me. Lorinda even added an extra class so we could play what we learned together. I consider this class money well spent.


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CSelf on February 3, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful class! I'm finally understanding how to play by ear.


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Paul K. on February 3, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Fantastic! I never was able to play by ear with any confidence. Now after only 4-5 sessions with Lorinda, I am able to consistently (not perfectly :>) ) play over a dozen songs by ear! Amazing! Thank you Lorinda. I am looking forward to taking the next set of sessions with her to enhance my knowledge and abilities.


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Verified Student on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

The class was great and helped me a lot!


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Verified Student on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Great!!


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Verified Student on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Excellent- Lorinda was superb as usual


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Laura R. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

In just a few weeks I’ve become more comfortable playing my md than in the four years I’ve owned it. And I’ve been able to transfer the concepts to my flute and ukulele playing.


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Tim B. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Excellent, great follow up by teacher, and the online format and documentation much better than other programs.


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Dan C. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

I wish I had been introduced to this method of learning music earlier. It would have helped me enjoy the process a lot more. I believe that it’s important to have a firm grasp of the basics, for whatever you hope to accomplish. Learning to listen is about as basic as you can get. Then playing it over and over and over finally gets it trough my thick skull. Lorinda is a generous instructor both with patience and material. She has gone many extra miles to make the numerous videos and audio recordings of the tunes we worked on. I am looking forward to going back to reusing them as I continue to develop my skills. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, my wife tells me I seem to be having fun. Thank you, Lorinda. — Dan Collier


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Rebecca W. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful class. I learned so much from a very good teacher. Lorinda is very patient and thorough.


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Debra H. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

It was a wonderful class and Lorinda wants everyone to succeed and approaches teaching playing by ear with several methods to help you master the class. I've learned so much about music and embellishments too!


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John J. on January 26, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear


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Verified Student on January 25, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful and well-paced. Lorinda is an amazing musician and teacher!


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Debra H. on January 18, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

I have been enjoying the first session of Playing by ear so much. Since, I do not have a musical background and only speak "dulcimerese" it is opening up a new world in my playing and how I hear and relate my dulcimer notes to the song. It has and will be so helpful in my dulcimer playing!


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Dan C. on January 11, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Excellent class. The teacher is very experienced and knowledgeable. She does a very good job explaining and demonstrating the material. The supplementary materials and videos are greatly appreciated.


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Debra H. on January 9, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful and learned so much! I really appreciate the guidance and steps to learn to play by ear.


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Caroline S. on January 5, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear


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Linda B. on May 15, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

The From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam, Level 1, was so beneficial to me. I've taken 'playing by ear' classes from different instructors before, but didn't make much progress. The tunes that Lorinda guided us through were easy enough to make progress, and gave me confidence that I could do this. While working on homework, I found that I was discovering how to play other songs just by playing around on the fretboard. Amazing discovery! Also, the biweekly (skip a week) formula really gave me time to learn one thing before moving on. Lorinda's welcoming, enthusiastic teaching method is encouraging, and moves along at a pace that everyone kept up. Can I give it 20 stars?


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Martha C. on May 5, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Very good experience……..for learning to play without the printed paper!


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Verified Student on May 2, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

I think I already sent a review, but will repeat: very good preparation (audio music sent ahead, in steps, so got stimulated to listen to the tune. repeatedly before actually seeing the printed music. Lorinda always comes well prepared, but is flexible for questions, adjustments, etc. She is an excellent teacher, and slips in theory along the way, so it can be incorporated easily.


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Verified Student on April 30, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

I enrolled in a class level that turned out to be too easy for me, so less enjoyable than expected. My own fault, not Lorinda’s. She is an awesome teacher!


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Verified Student on April 30, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

I always enjoy Lorinda Jones’ classes; she is well prepared, offers interesting musical pieces, “injects” additional music theory items into her program, and is very good humored as well!


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Wes S. on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Excellent. Instructor preparation made the class. Like all such courses the foundation was laid. Making the songs ones you can play will be up to the students follow on effort.


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Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Great!


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Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

This is my fourth class with Lorinda Jones. She is excellent. She is Professional, very well prepared, and provided a mountain of material for the students. Feedback is individual, and she seems genuinely interested in her students. Three Cheers!!


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Martha C. on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Since I have been familiar with Lorinda’s teaching style from other classes, I was really looking forward to “more of the same”. This method of ear training is new to me and she took us through such a remarkable process of learning! She prepared us ahead with audio “priming” and then in the class, step by step for the tunes. A like her technique of casually mentioning chords during the process :) so that one comes away not only with the tune by rote, but with an entirely new “chunk” of knowledge. I am looking forward to the “jam” at the last session.


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Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

New songs, New Ideas, Encouraging and helpful teacher.


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Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2


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Nancy G. on April 23, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

Lorinda's class helped me realize how important it is to listen to the music 1,000 times to help the brain know the tune. All that listening helps one realize they might have the wrong fret. Some tunes were new to m e and I could use the section learning a little slower so my cognitive brain could absorb more. Maybe a longer pause between the sections. This class is well worth the effort and time.


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Wes S. on April 23, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

Excellent. Instructor prep was superb. Pace was balanced for most students. Those like me who learn more slowly have access to all the instruction fo 6 months so if we have sufficient time to learn anything that was too fast for us in class.


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Verified Student on April 23, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

Excellent. Very helpful. Kindly, gentle, and capable, instruction. Thank you.


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Lou on February 20, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

Wonderful, I enjoyed the class and learned a lot of new songs.


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Verified Student on February 20, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

It was great. Great opportunity to learn.


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Verified Student on February 17, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

Terrific. Lorinda is a joy! Can’t wait for the next.


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Donna M. on February 17, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer


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Nancy D. on February 17, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

Lorinda is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor. She teaches from personal experience, and is adept at conducting a class which contains students of different levels of background and ability. She is very responsive to questions and student input. I would highly recommend this class for novice dulcimer players, for people with little formal music background, and for advanced students who know way too much about music and are hopelessly "paper trained".


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Kathy B. on April 1, 2021
Class: Continuing Harp: Stories and Songs of Turlough O’Carolan

Lorinda taught a great class. We learned and enjoyed alot. My only slight disappointment was the Lessonface. It wasn't as easy to find the materials as I expected it to be.

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