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)