3(b) Harp Style Variations
The next exercise extends the previous patterns by introducing bass notes
played up and down the D major scale. These are picked with the thumb of the
right hand and so should not interfere with the scale melody lines. Some left
hand rearrangement is needed at times with the changing bass-note, so take a
look at the fingering guides in the tab. The goal here is to ensure that the bass note sounds
for the entire measure. This requires some stretching in the left hand. Try to
avoid just brushing the notes with the thumb.
Exercise 3.4. D major cascading scale with ascending bass
The next example shows how a melody can be constructed using harp style
playing in combination with a bass note progression and chord voicings
underneath. Again, some left hand organization and stretching is needed. A capo
can be used to make the stretches more manageable, gradually shifting its
position down the neck as flexibility improves.
Exercise 3.5. A Sample Harp-Style Tune - Tuning DADGAD