Books for All Harpers and Harpists

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HArper's Manual Cover

The Harper’s Manual

$22.00

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This comprehensive manual is completely updated and expanded.

Available as a digital download – email laurie@laureiriley.com

Subjects include:

  • A Brief History of the Harp
  • Types of Harps, Components and Equipment
  • Overviews of techniques, methods and styles
  • Buying a Harp
  • Care of the Harp
  • Traveling with Your Harp
  • Practicing
  • Effectively Embracing Your Harp – A Lesson in Ergonomics
  • All About Hands
  • Playing Challenges and Technique Modifications
  • Structures of Music
  • Presenting Yourself and Your Music
  • If You Want To Be A Harp Teacher…and much more!

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320[1]Anatomy of the Lever Harp – A Guide for Harp Owners

$12.00

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Contents: Parts of the Harp, Round backs, Square backs, Staved backs, The Soundboard (form and function), The Neck (form and function), The Pillar (form and function), Sound Holes (form and function), String Materials, String Ribs and String Shoes, Types of Wood and Other Materials, Types of Finishes,Types of Tuning Pins, Sharping Levers (types and uses), Regulation, Bridge Pins, Bases, Legs, Stools and Stands, Maintenance… and more!

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Techniques for Expressive Playing book coverTechniques for Expressive Playing

$14.00

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In good instrumental music there is much more going on than just the notes and the rhythm; the musician creates an image through music, letting it tell a story that affects the emotions of the listener. This is musical expression.Subjects in this book include: Making the Most of Your Skill Level Endorphins, Resonance, and Intention Tone Manipulation Expressive Imagery Expression Without Fear … and much more!
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LAURIE’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY 

“I highly recommend Laurie’s book, “My Life In Music”, one of the most amazing books I have ever read….I had to slow down my reading because I didn’t want the book to end. Full of surprises, and I was laughing so hard so many times… I will just have to read it again..”  Iris Nevins

A must-read for all musicians! This full-life story expresses the influences from childhood and early adulthood, through the challenges and joys of becoming a successful professional musician despite detours and uncertainties, and through the fulfilling career that has been Laurie’s lifelong passion.

$30.00

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Celtic Music Book CoverCeltic Music for the Folk Harp 

$15.00

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 A soul-stirring collection of 28 Celtic tunes for intermediate players,arranged in authentic traditional style.


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Wedding Music for the Lever Harp…with downloadable audio of the 23 tunes. Included are processionals, recessionals, interludes, and tunes suitable for receptions. Several cultures and styles are represented: Celtic, Classical, Swedish, and Jewish. All tunes are in the public domain.

$24.95

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BMM best coverBody, Mind and Music

$22

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“I just finished your book, Body, Mind and Music. Laurie, this book should be a required reading for every music education student and every therapy music program candidate. You wrote an amazing book. “ — Melanie Sandrock, therapeutic music student

Music effects the body/mind, and the body/mind of the player affects the playing of music. Laurie discusses our cultural relationship with music, how the brain learns it, how we practice it, how we perform it, how we listen to it, how we teach it, and finally, how it is used in purposely therapeutic ways. This is a revised and updated edition (2010) incorporating the addition two of Laurie’s previous books: Nothing Less Than Your Best and The Art of Teaching. This complete guide for all musicians includes:

Music and the Brain: Music is a Language; Practice As Passion; Aural, Kinesthetic and Visual Learning; Focus and Relaxation; Expression; Overcoming Blocks to Musical Progress; What is Talent; Memorizing

How We Learn Music:The Five ways of Learning; Basic Music Terminology; Concert Pitch; Harmonics; Key Changes and the Succession of 5ths; The Art of Teaching; Ergonomics and the Musician’s Body

Music as Therapy: Service vs. Performance; Using Modes and Other Scales; The Human Voice; Improvisational Music; Beneficial Resonant Frequencies; Entrainment; Psychoneuroimmunology/Audioanalgesia; Effects of Toning and Chant; Appropriate Instruments; Acoustic vs. Electric/Electronic Music; Healing Modalities Chart; Music in Medical Settings; Clinical Deportment and Ethics; Terminology of Healthcare Music …and much more!

134 pages.

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Composed in Heart

$25    

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Many of Laurie Riley’s  original compositions are collected in this book. The arrangements are for intermediate and advanced-skill single-course harp and include the following music from her CD’s: Night Sky, La Tierra Roja, Sedona Light, Metamorphosis, Saguaro, The Jewel, Las Luminarias de Sedona, Planxty Duncan, Sedona Sunrise, Tune it or Die, Ande’s Heart, Judy, The Lark and the Nightingale, Farewell Mendocino (Laurie’s double-strung harp compositions are in “The Double Strung Harp”.)

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