Ode to Joy #Music

If you’ve ever been to a student piano recital, or even if you haven’t, you’ve heard this piece by Ludwig van Beethoven. Adapted from his Ninth Symphony, it is often called “Ode to Joy.” But have you ever heard it played on zither? Now you will and I hope you enjoy it!

Want to learn this piece?

You can learn this and 9 other tunes on zither in my new beginner course! The price is $85 and includes the instrument, accessories, and audio-only lessons. There’s no need to read music, no print, and no Braille. I designed the lessons for anyone who is blind or visually impaired, and anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument by ear.

Course Contents
* Introduction and how to hold the instrument
* Tuning, with reference pitches
* Playing glissandos, the signature harp sound
* How to hold the pick
* Hand and finger position, for playing melodies and chords
* 10 folk songs, teaching melody and harmony for each one
* Tuning in different keys
* Christmas and hymns lessons are available separately

Zither Advantages

Not just a children’s instrument! Many people use the zither to teach children the basics of playing a musical instrument, as well as the concepts of melody, rhythm, and harmony. But it’s not just for kids.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, portable instrument, here it is. At 13″ long, 8″ high, and about 2″ thick, the zither is small. And weighing in at 2 pounds, it’s also very portable.

If you have arthritis or carpal tunnel, you can still play the zither easily. You can use the included guitar pick, or your fingers to create lovely melodies and harmonies.

Since the zither is played on your lap, those with back, neck or shoulder pain can play it comfortably.

As you can hear, the sound is bright, and offers a lot of sustain. This means you can play beautiful pieces without needing complex chords or many notes at a time.

The zither is so easy to pick up and play. After the first few tunings, it will stay in tune for some time. How long depends on the environment, but you can hear when it goes out of tune.

Looking for a way to relax? Playing this insstrument is very relaxing, and is also great for composing your own music, improvising, and meditation.

For More Information

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I look forward to sharing the joy of zither with you!

New Year’s Blessings and The Wassail Song #Music

“The Wassail Song” is an old English Christmas carol. But it’s fun, and I like the New Year’s blessings, so I sing it today, with ukulele. Enjoy, and have a blessed, happy, and God-guided 2020 and beyond! ❤

Lyrics here.

Click here to download mp3.

Auld Lang Syne – Music

You probably know this classic song, and maybe you’ve found yourself singing it on New Year’s Eve or perhaps at a Burns Night celebration. It’s a little melancholy/nostalgic, and I can never remember the words. But it was about the 4th or 5th song I learned to play when I began taking music lessons just after I turned 10. Here I play it on zither, and you can feel free to sing along if you like!

May this New Year’s Eve ring in a blessed and happy 2020 for you and all those your life touches–always!

Instrument: Zither (Lap harp or plucked psaltery)

Tuning: A4 = 432HZ

Click here to download mp3.

Christmas Dance

Merry Christmas everyone!

My song today is a zither arrangement of a carol you probably know, just not by its original name. The 1924 lyrics are still under copyright, so I don’t sing them here. However, the tune we know as “Ding Dong Merrily on High” was first published in 1588 under the title “Brane de l’Official.” Here I call it “Christmas Dance” to make things simpler!

Please enjoy this arrangement, and your holiday celebrations, or daily celebrations for that matter!

Instrument: Zither (Plucked psaltery or lap harp)

Tuning: A4 = 432HZ

Click here to download mp3.

Silent Night in Irish Gaelic – Music and Lyrics

“Silent Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht)” was originally written in German in the 1820’s. It has been translated into many languages and was sung at the same time in German, French, and English during World War I. Here it is in Irish Gaelic, with lyrics linked below for those brave enough to try them!

Wishing all of you a blessed and beautiful Christmas Eve!

Lyrics here

Instrument: Guitar

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There’s a Song in the Air – Advent Week 4 Music

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, a traditional hymn I sang as a child. I’m singing with a bit of a cold, and playing with a brace on one hand, but nevertheless here it is. 🙂 Enjoy!

Lyrics

Instrument: Zither (Lap harp or plucked psaltery)

Tuning: A4 = 432HZ

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