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May 12, 2009


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Tom Handwerker

Hi, did you ever get a lyre tune book assembled?

Lord Volkard Rovan
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No, I never did, although now that my kids are a bit older, I'm coming back to this hobby. The lyre book is definitely on my list.

In the meanwhile, I can recommend Lani Thompson's "My Kantele is My Teacher" ebook:

It has music for 5- and 10-string kanteles (Finnish traditional zither). The 10-string music won't fit on a lyre, but the 5-string does admirably (if you're tuned do-re-mi-fa-so-la), and 19 out of the 36 given tunes have 5-string arrangements. It runs $20, which is a buck a tune - not too bad for sheet music!

Better, the tunes are mostly of a very period 'home and away' form, repeating simple patterns a step apart, or repeating with variations. They're a great basis for learning how to compose your own simple but plausibly period melodies, and for learning how to ornament a simple melody.

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