Wire-strung Harp Arrangements
Introduction to Playing the Wire-strung Harp is a DVD and music book containing video lessons by Ann Heymann, Javier Sáinz and Bill Taylor, with arrangements for elementary, intermediate and advanced players. It was pubished by Siubhal in association with the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society. £25, available from Simon Chadwick's Early Gaelic Harp Emporium
Early Scottish Airs contains pieces from 17th-century Scottish lute manuscripts, along with tunes and airs from other 18th-century collections. They are intimate pieces, music enjoyed in the households of wealthy landowners, set out here for a range from G below Middle C up to treble D. Ornamentation, damping, gestures and fingering are all written in and clearly explained in the glossary. £15, available from Marsharp Music. Study recordings are also available.
Heartstone is a collection of compositions by Highland composer Hilary de Vries, arranged and notated by Bill Taylor. The tunes are playable on a small wire-strung clarsach with 19 strings, having a range from G below Middle C up to treble D. The music is suitable for various levels of ability, from new player to intermediate. The book includes background notes on the inspiration and ideas behind the music, playing techniques and notation guide, and MP3 study recordings by Bill Taylor. Available as a download (£10) or book & CD (£15) from ScotslandsMusic.com.