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From My Music Stand

Cynthia Cathcart
From My Music Stand
Highland Circle Publishing, Silver Spring, USA, 2001
This book contains 19 tunes, mostly Scottish but some Irish, fully marked up with fingering and damping for fingernail technique on the brass-strung Gaelic harp. Using a selection of techniques including Ann Heymann's "Coupled Hands" and the more conventional separated hands style, the tunes reflect the music played nowadays by traditional musicians. Includes a discussion of notation and extensive notes and bibliography for each piece. Out of stock

Pathway

Cynthia Cathcart
Pathway
Highland Circle Publishing, Silver Spring, USA, 2003
Subtitled "a primer for the wire strung harp", This book teaches fingernail and damping techniques as well as basic musical abilities using simple Scottish and Irish tunes, many of them single-line melodies. The book is accompanied by a CD of the tunes and the pronounciation of their Irish or Gaelic titles. Out of stock

Traditional Beginnings

Cynthia Cathcart
Traditional Beginnings for The Harp
Highland Circle Publishing, Silver Spring, USA, 2000
This book teaches basic fingernail technique and damping using familiar American popular songs. Out of stock

Carols for Christmas

Cynthia Cathcart
Carols for Christmas
Highland Circle Publishing, Silver Spring, USA, 2006
This is not at all early Gaelic music but it is interesting as an attempt to arrange mainstream American music for early Gaelic harp, fully marked up with fingering and damping. Cynthia's arrangements are based on her use of modern miniature designs from Ardival (as illustrated on the cover), and the book features two "new" techniques; the first a very curious and unconvincing reverse fingering, where the fingers are crossed over each other, and the second what seems to be a version of Ann Heymann's "Coupled Hands" system. Somewhat disappointing as there is surely a gap in the market for a secular, straightforward setting of Christmas music for players of the early Gaelic harp. Out of stock