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Wednesday 27th November 2013

1. Checking the Tuning and opening out your hand to warm up
Octave - an 8-note interval where the scale starts to repeat itself
Starting a scale with a 1 on any note and counting as you go up from string to string,
number 8 is an octave (the 8th) above the first note
Fourths and fifths -  4- and 5-note intervals, notes which clearly blend with the first
String number 4 is a fourth above the first note.
String number 5 is a fi
fth above the first note
Start by checking the tuning of the fifth and the octave from bottom F - C - F,
then check the Gs  G - C - G  with the C (fourth) as reference
then check the D with the Gs as reference  G - D - G (fifth)
then A from the D (fifth). A-D-A
then E from the A (fifth) then B from the E (fourth);
then F from bottom F,(octave), checking with C (fifth)
;then G from bottom G, checking D etc. <>

2. Chord inversions to check the tuning
The first, third and fifth notes of a scale form a chord
Root chord - starts from the name note
Play the C root chord C - E - G with the left then the right hand
Inversions of a chord have the lowest note which is not the name note of the chord
<>First inversion
Move the hands up to play the first inversion of the C chord E - G - C
Second inversion
Then play the second inversion of the C chord G - C - E
You can then continue up the harp with root - 1st inversion - 2nd inversion to check the tuning.
Do the same with the F chord whose root is F - A - C,  then 1st inversion A - C -  F
then the second inversion C - F - A and continue up the harp
Then do the same for the G chord whose root is G - B - D and its inversions

3. Practising chord changes
Play an eight-bar pattern (Pwt ar y bys chord sequence) 
C root (CEG), 3 fingers,  F 2nd inversion (CFA) and G first inversion (BDG):   ||C|F|C|G| C|F|CG|C||

4. Chord accompaniment
Using the above 8-bar pattern to accompany the Llanover reel - same pattern for the A and the B parts. Part A twice 2x8 = 16 bars, Part B twice 2x8 = 16 bars again.

5. Melody and/or accompaniment
Playing the melody and/or accompaniment to Heno, Heno
Chord pattern Part A and Part B: ||C|G|G|C|| Part B
Melody hand placement
i)   The Heno Heno melody starts with E G  E G (two notes apart) sequence using fingers 2,1. (He-no he-no)
ii)  After
playing the second G with the thumb (finger 1) , move the melody hand down one string, sliding the thumb down onto the F. iii) The melody hand is now in position to play the next three notes, F D D. (hen blant bach)
iv) The  pattern of i) to iii) above is repeated but 1 note lower: D  F  D  F  E  C  C (he-no he-no hen blant bach)
v)  The remainder of the tune is pretty well a repeat of parts i) to v) in temrs of fingering with the EG and DF sequnences doubled

7. Playing left and right hand arpeggios for the simple chord sequence in (3) above
First the left hand then the right to give 6-note arpeggios:
||C|F|C|G| C|F|CG|C||


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