Useful Tip 1 - Familiar Tunes
The Dreamharp is based on the pentatonic scale, which is uses in varous musical traditions including Oriental/Asian, Celtic, African and the blues (which has its roots in Afracan music anyway).
So have fun experimenting with familiar tunes - you will be surprised to find how many you can play on the Dreamharp, apart from creating your own original compositions!
Useful Tip 2 - Notation System if you don't read Music
This is a very simple notation system. Very rough but hopefully you can work it out as you go!
Going from left to right, thickes to thinnest strings, on the rihgt-handed Dreamharp. For left handed Dreamharp, simply reverse the order.
① - ② - ③ - ④ - ⑤ - ⑥ - ⑦ - ⑧ - ⑨ - ⑩ - ⑪ - ⑫
D – E – G – A – B – D1 – E1 – G1 – A1 – B1 – D2 – E2
Note: You can transpose and play a whole scale up or down.
Playing in groups for harmony, play a third or fifth apart.
Try playing chords, by simultaneously plucking 2 or more strings in thirds and fifths.
Useful Tip 3 - Replacement Strings for the Dreamharp
You may find that you need to replace one of your strings from time to time.
We have included a diagram of the types of strings uses for the individual notes (The strings we are referring to are quitar strings available at all major music stores)
(if string is broken)
Replace Brass Ferrules on a string
Tunning the Dreamharp
(if it's out of tune)