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Guid Scots Sangs

Arranged as instrumental airs for small wire-strung clarsach. [For more information and to purchase click here.]

Published by Marsharp Music, Edinburgh 2014

 

 


Key Techniques for Harp

100 exercises, studes & tunes. A practice manual of harp techniques, essential for wire and bray harp, and of great advantage to players of gut-strung harps for clean playing and ornamentation of Scottish traditional tunes. Techniques from the Robert ap Huw manuscript along with some others. [For more information and to purchase click here.]

Published by Marsharp Music, Edinburgh 2012

 


The Clarsach Collection, Volume 3 Advanced Scottish tunes arranged in traditional style & contemporary harp compositions

The third volume is aimed at advanced players, grades 7-8 to diploma standard. Tunes are arranged in sets where appropriate, ornamentation is given and some fingerings, along with notes on the tunes. [For more information or to purchase click here.]

 Published by Marsharp Music, Edinburgh 2012

 


The Scottish Harp Anthology, Vol 1: Elementary; Vol 2: Intermediate; Vol 3: Advanced

A collection on 19 arrangements and compositions by some of Scotland's finest harpists, ed. Ailie Robertson, Pentland Publishing 2010. 

Karen has compositions and arrangements included in these books: Vol 1 Gealach a'Bhruic (The Badger's Moon); Vol 2: Miss Farquharson of Invercauld's Reel and Locked Up Harps/Locker Out Harpers (own composition); Vol 3: Helen's Farewell (own composition) [Available to buy here]


The Clarsach Collection, Volume 2 Intermediate, Scottish tunes arranged in traditional style

The second volume in the series is aimed at intermediate players on gut-strung clarsach, with Scottish tunes, old and new, arranged in traditional style by Karen. Fingerings are given with notes on the music. [For more info or to purchase click here.]
 Published by Marsharp Music, Glasgow 2010.
 
 

The Clarsach Collection, Volume 1 Elementary, Scottish tunes arranged in traditional style

The first volume in a new series is aimed at inexperienced players on gut-strung clarsach, with Scottish tunes, old and new, arranged in traditional style by Karen. Fingerings are given with notes on the music. [For more info or to purchase click here.]

Published by Marsharp Music, Glasgow 2009.

 


First Steps, An Introduction to Playing the Wire-Strung Clarsach

This new book is aimed at beginners and those with some experience (on any harp) and looks at playing and damping techniques, with exercises, studies and traditional tunes, Gaelic, Scots and Karen's own compositions including the new 9 part variation piece The Owls of Alnwick Castle. Fore more info or to purchase click here.]

Published by Marsharp Music, Glasgow 2009.

 


Scottish Traditional Music Teacher's Resource [Multi-Level]

National Qualifications Curriculum Support, Learning Teaching Scotland ed. June McGregor 2006

Karen has written the clarsach section [available to read here] of this valuable resource, and recorded various tracks for the accompanying CDs. Other contributors include Blair Douglas, Ian Lowthian, Iain Fraser, Wilma Kennedy, Kenna Campbell, Jack Evans, Iain MacFadyen, Andy Thorburn, Christine Kydd and Dougie Pincock. 


Wire Strings  The newsletter of the Wire Branch of The Clàrsach Society  Karen edited this newsletter 2006-2009,  available quarterly to members. See sample issue from September 2009. 


Sounding Strings  The Journal of the Small Harp - Karen contributed various articles to this harp journal from 1994 to 2000.