Lesson 1 : The Seven Strings of your Lyre
Which are the seven strings of your lyre? In which position can we find them on the music stave? How can we combine an easy tablature notation (i.e. just the numbers of the strings) with the notes of the lyre on the music stave?
These basic exercises will help you unlock the technique of "instant music stave reading"!
Plus: Your first lyre exercises
Lesson 2 : Play with the Plectrum
Let’s get into the ancient pick (or plectrum) technique by playing simple exercises that will change the way you think about your lyre.
Plus: Three more lyre exercises
Lesson 3 : Basic Rhythmic Values
It's time to learn some basic rhythmic values by playing a simple but very effective lyre exercise. Let's prepare ourselves for the next lessons, where we unlock several ancient rhythms.
Plus: Lyre exercise
Lesson 4 : Play Like a Pro
Adding complexity to your lyre playing by using all the fingers of your hand. Simple techniques will change your mindset and unlock an extensive repertoire of ancient and modern melodies.
Plus: Two more lyre exercises
Lesson 5 : Lyre & Ancient Rhythms
Did you know that different rhythms can sound differently on your lyre? That an ancient rhythm can make your playing sound quite a lot more ancient? This is what we are going to find out in this lesson, playing our first melody on an ancient Greek rhythm!
Plus: Three more lyre exercises
Lesson 6 : Learn how to play "Exasimon"
By now, you will be ready to add to your repertoire your second ancient Greek melody, the one called “Exasimon”!
Plus: Your 2nd surviving ancient Greek lyre exercise!
Lesson 7 : Introduction to Quavers / Eighth notes
Let's start unlocking your inner rhythm by exploring a basic musical concept called quavers. By adding quavers to your lyre playing, you will gain access to dozens more possible melodies for your music repertoire!
The best way to learn is through the powerful force of rhythm! — W. A. Mozart
Plus: A specialised "Quavers" exercise for lyre players
Lesson 8 : Learn how to play "Dodekasimon"
Learn how to play the most advanced of the ancient Greek tunes in this course, the one called "Dodekasimon", and advance your lyre exercise routine to the next level!
Plus: Your 3rd surviving ancient Greek lyre exercise!
Lesson 9 : Learn how to play "The Unforgiven" by Metallica
Plus: Tips for the next level!
Lesson 10 : Learn how to play "Stairway to heaven" by Led Zeppelin!
Where do I go from here? A Quick Look to Course 102!
So, you have just finished the course, and you feel the need to advance further with your lyre playing. Here is a quick video on what we will cover next in our Lyre Course 102, focusing on a more advanced lyre playing technique using both our hands!
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Lina Palera is a world-renowned lyre player and a charismatic teacher with more than a decade of experience in music schools and educational institutions in the United Kingdom, Greece and abroad, working with adults and children too. She travels a lot for live performances at museums, festivals, conferences and other venues.