What’s On This Site

Site components (see the above buttons)

There are five major components to this site:

1. Laurie Riley’s online store (her books, CDs and DVDs) for musicians  –  see the link at the top of the home page.

2. Laurie’s blog for musicians*  –  see home page

3. Info about Laurie’s career in music performance and teaching (see “Who is Laurie Riley”)

4. A page of used music items for sale  –  see the link at the top of the home page.

5. Other pages such as testimonials and how to contact Laurie

*The blog is for acoustic musicians at all skill levels. I’ll be posting information on a wide variety of music-related topics: performance, business, teaching, playing skills, music theory, ergonomics, and so on. I welcome your questions and suggestions for subjects. Some subjects are covered in a series of posts. That doesn’t mean the entire blogsite is always about that one subject. Scroll down the home page to see all the posts. If you like this blog, please click on “FOLLOW” to get notifications whenever a new post is up.

This blog does not address electric or electronic music. Acoustic music is made without amplification. The many styles of acoustic music can include traditional ethnic music from any country, folk music, classical music, Celtic, jazz, blues, old time, bluegrass, and much more.


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  1. Hi Laurie.
    I am being lured by the beautiful relaxing sound of the harp and watching many YouTube videos and reading up about them. I really love the sound of the double strung harp and the flexibility of it. However, is it best to learn on a single strung harp then progress on to the double? I must learn to walk before I can run!
    Ant help you can give will be greatly received.
    Kind regards

    • Margaret, you CAN begin on a double-strung harp! You will enjoy The Double Strung Harp Beginner’s Book, which comes with a CD. You can order it from my online store at https://laurierileymusic.com/books-by-laurie-riley/
      There are four different books for double-strung there. Be sure it’s the one that says “Beginners”.
      The hand position and playing technique is the same for both kinds of harps, so if you also want to play single-course harp later, you can. (But after a double, the single-course seems inadequate!)

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