Beginner Level | Lyre 102

Lyre playing with both hands

Adding the left hand to your lyre playing makes a world of difference! It's time for you to learn how to play with both hands, how to play arpeggios, learn some basic harmonics, along with adding to your repertoire three great songs: the ancient surviving melody "Oktasimon", the melody "O Pastor" by the famous Portuguese band Madredeus and the well-known tv series theme song "Who pays the Ferryman". 

This course is for beginners, and it is highly recommend to complete first the course Lyre 101: Down to the Basics, available also by LyreAcademy. This course is for lyres of any type with at least 7 strings.*  

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

    • Play with with both hands.
    • Play an original ancient Greek tune "Oktasimon".
    • Play arpeggios on a lyre.
    • Play the famous song "O Pastor" by Madredeus.
    • Play basic harmonics on a lyre.
    • Play the well-known melody "Happy birthday".
    • Play the famous song "Who pays the Ferryman" (BBC tv-series).

    * 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 : Introducing the left hand to your lyre playing

    Elevate your lyre playing to the next level by playing with both hands! In this lesson, we will explore together that possibility step-by-step.

    Plus: Your first two-hands exercises on a lyre.


    Lesson 2 : Getting comfortable with two-hands playing

    It's time to start using more fingers with both hands, while keeping a stable tempo, while playing the melody "Strawberry Healing". Practice is all it takes, so let's practice together with some exercises. 

    Plus: A new song's tablature/sheet music for a lyre. 


    Lesson 3 : Learn how to play an ancient melody

    One of the original ancient melodies surviving until today, in 6/8 rhythm, is what you will be taught in this lesson, in a step-by-step learning process.

    Plus: Tablature/sheet music of an ancient Greek song.


    Lesson 4 : Learn how to play using arpeggios

    In this lesson, you will experience a very pleasant way of learning arpeggios on a lyre. We will practice on this playing technique and understand its use on a lyre exercise. 

    Plus: Your first "arpeggios" exercise for a lyre!


    Lesson 5 : Learn how to play "Who pays the Ferryman"

    Let's combine all our newly acquired knowledge and lyre playing skills, by learning how to play a well-known theme song of a famous 1977 BBC tv series (by the Greek composer Yiannis Markopoulos).

    Plus: Tablature/sheet music of "Who pays the Ferryman" melody.


    Lesson 6 : Harmonics on a lyre

    Your first rendez-vous with harmonics, an advanced playing technique. Have you ever thought that 7 strings are too few? It's time to double our notes and "unlock" our lyre's potentials!  

    Plus: A first-taste of an advanced playing technique.


    Lesson 7 : Learn how to play "Happy birthday"

    It's time to practice for your first live performance for your loved ones! You will learn how to play the well-known melody "Happy birthday" using your both hands, and introducing one (but very important) harmonic note!

    Plus: Tablature/sheet music of "Happy birthday" melody.


    Lesson 8 : Learn how to play "O Pastor"

    We have all the needed skills now to learn how to play the famous song "O Pastor" by the Portuguese band Madredeus. Harmony and rhythm is what we are going to focus on, in order to give "voice" to our lyre! 

    Plus: Tablature/sheet music of "O Pastor" melody.


    Where do I go from here? A Quick Look to Course 103!

    So, you have just finished course 102, 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 103!

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    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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