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SPECIAL EDITION: EDINBURGH HARPFESTIVAL 2014 

 

This is a series of lessons especially developed for the visitors of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2014. A new lesson could be enjoyed every day at the Jazz Harp festival booth, with headphones on, connected to the Camac Electroharp and an iPad. 

 

Now you can do it at every festival with a jazzharp.org booth, ànd at home: 

 

The song you will be working with is My Blue Heaven, by George Whiting & Walter Donaldson. 

The song is written in the key of F major, so start out with moving your levers or pedals to obtain the scale of F major: F - G - A - Bb - C - D - E 

 

See below for more info, materials and tools. 

 

LESSON #1 - Improvising patterns based on the use of the 6th chord 

 

 

LESSON #2 - Fun variations on the 6th chord based improvising patterns 

 

 

LESSON #3 - Taking it to the bridge 

 

 

LESSON #4 - The whole form 

 

 

LESSON #5 - Take it away! Vertical+horizontal improvisation & 'the chase chorus' 

 

 

INFO, MATERIALS & TOOLS 

 

Download the lead sheet here: My Blue Heaven 

 

As promised in Lesson #2, here's a backing track on repeat for the A part

And for practising after Lesson #3: the B part

 

A full backing track is available as a download from our webshop at www.jazzharpshop.com

 

Something interesting is going on in bar 4, read more about it here

 

*Tuning for lever harps: with all levers down, your harp should be tuned in the key of E flat major: Ab - Bb - C - D - Eb - F - G (E flat major) 

 

Have fun! 

 

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