Beginner Level | Lyre 101

Down to the Basics

Learn all you need to know to start having fun with your lyre, along with how to play three surviving ancient tunes and a song by the great... Metallica! This course is for beginners (no need of any previous music knowledge) and for lyres of any type with at least 7 strings.*  

    At the end of the course you will know how to...

    • Hold and tune the lyre.
    • Play with the right hand.
    • Play with the left hand.
    • Play with both hands at the same time.
    • Learn to play three original ancient greek tunes!
    • Learn to play the 'Unforgiven' melody by the great metal band Metallica!

    * Do you own a lyre with more strings? The course can be done by students with lyres with more than 7 strings. A simple and step-by-step video is available to prepare your lyre for the courses!


    Lesson 1 : How to play with the right hand

    This is your first encounter with the lyre. Learn how to play properly with your right hand, using a hand-strap ("telamonas" in ancient Greek). Quick tips and an exercise to lay down the foundations for your lyre playing!

    Plus: Your 1st lyre exercise


    Lesson 2 : Adding more fingers

    Let's unlock the very first level of playing possibilities by adding more fingers to your lyre playing. In this lesson you will begin to understand what an amazing musical instrument you are privileged to hold in your hands. 

    Plus: Your 2nd lyre exercise


    Lesson 3 : Using all your fingers on the lyre

    Learn how to use your right hand's full potential in your lyre playing. With simple, step-by-step exercises, your lyre's seven strings will become fully accessible with one hand! 

    Plus: Your 3rd lyre exercise


    Lesson 4 : Learn how to play "Tetrasimon"

    There are a few ancient melodies still surviving today, and "Tetrasimon" is one of them coming straight from ancient Greece. Learn how to play the melody and exercise with the lyre as the ancient Greeks used to do!

    Plus: Your 1st surviving ancient Greek lyre exercise!


    Lesson 5 : 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 6 : Learn how to play "Exasimon"

    Let's advance a little bit more by learning how to play your second ancient Greek tune called "Exasimon". 

    Plus: Your 2nd surviving ancient Greek lyre exercise!


    Lesson 7 : Learn how to play "Dodekasimon"

    Learn how to play the most advanced of the ancient Greek tunes in this course (the "Dodekasimon" tune), and drive your lyre exercise routine to the next level!

    Plus: Your 3rd surviving ancient Greek lyre exercise!


    Lesson 8 : Learn how to play "Unforgiven" by Metallica!

    The lyre might have more than two thousand years of history, but at the same time it is a modern musical instrument with great capabilities. See your lyre in a whole new light, by learning how to play "Unforgiven" melody by the Metallica! 

    Plus: Tips for the next level! 

    Enroll in this Course

    Start your lyre study today!

    Enroll and get...

    • Full access for 3 months for just $99.
    • Crystal clear sound.
    • Fast loading HD videos for each lesson.
    • Lesson notes with extras.
    • Music tablatures for lyres.
    • $29/month if you want to extend your access.

    Who is your Instructor?

    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. 

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