Intermediate to Advanced Level | Lyre 301

Master Five Ancient Melodies

Learn how to play the most impressive ancient melodies that survive until today in just one course! Add to your music repertoire well-known songs such as the “Hurrian Hymn” and the “Delphic Hymn”, along with surviving tunes known (among others) as “Oktasimos”, “Dekasimos”, “Dodekasimos”, “Schema Musica Antique”, and “Parte di Canto Greco del Modo Hippolidio”. Complete successfully this course and you are ready to give your first live gig as an ancient music performer.  

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

  • Play the oldest written song "Hurrian Hymn".

  • Change between two tunings in your lyre during a live performance. 

  • Play and sing "Schema Musica Antique".

  • Play and sing "Parte di Canto Greco del Modo Hippolidio".

  • Play the original ancient Greek melody "Delphic Hymn".

  • Play two extra incomplete ancient Greek melodies.

* This course is for intermediate to advanced lyre players and for lyres of any type with at least 7 strings. It is highly recommended to first complete the beginner courses 101, 102 and 103, along with all core lessons (both beginner and intermediate) availabel also at LyreAcademy.

* Do you own a lyre with more strings? The course can be done by students with a lyre or a kithara with 7 or more strings. Simple and step-by-step videos are available to prepare your lyre for the courses (including tuning).


Lesson 1 : Learn to play "Oktasimon" and "Dekasimon"

By reading the notes on a music sheet and by getting into the 3/8 rhythm, we are going to learn step by step a surviving ancient melody.

Plus: Music sheet on a lyre


Lesson 2 : Learn to play "Callimachus’ Hymn to Zeus"

It's time to add signing in our lyre playing, by accepting the challenge and learn how to play this ancient tune. Lyrics are in ancient Greek but we can practice together your signing!

Plus: Music sheet on a lyre



Lesson 3 : Learn to play "Parte Di Canto Greco del Modo Hippolidio"

Another great ancient melody to practice our signing and lyre playing. 

Plus: Music sheet on a lyre


Lesson 4 : Learn to play "Hurrian Hymn"

In this lesson, we are going to focus on the oldest melody of the humankind that survives until today, and learn how to play it step by step. 

Plus: Music sheet on a lyre


Lesson 5 : Rhythmical preparation for the "Delphic Hymn"

Let's introduce ourselves to an advanced rhythm that we are going to play on during the next (and final) lesson.  

Plus: Advanced rhythmic exercise for a lyre



Lesson 6 : Learn the Sharp Pressing Technique

It's time for you to practice a new amazing technique that will enable you to introduce extra sharps into your playing and unlock an even more impressive list of songs (both modern and ancient)!

Plus: Exercises on a lyre for this technique


Lesson 7 : Learn to play the "Delphic Hymn"

You are ready now to add the jewel in your crown of ancient melodies: the quite advanced and world-renowned 2nd verse of the "1st Delphic Hymn" dedicated to God Apollo!

Plus: Music sheet on a lyre


Where do I go from here? A Quick Look to Course 302!

So, you have just finished course 301, and now, 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 302!

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  • Full access for 3 months for just $99.
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  • Fast loading HD videos for each lesson.
  • Lesson notes with extras.
  • Music scores 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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