MASTERCLASS M06 | Master your lyre

Master the
Polyphony Technique

Ready to become a master of polyphony and implement it to bring a second or even a third voice into your lyre playing? If yes, then this Lyre Masterclass is for you, specially designed for the advanced players willing to master their lyres.

Everything you need to know, mindfully packed into one course: we will see how to add extra voices to any given melody, what is a fugue, why so many legendary composers used that composition technique (including Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich), what is an exposition, a development, and a final entry? What's more, we will put everything into practice by learning how to play a Fugue with three voices, specially composed for a 7strings lyre in G major. Last, we are going to see practical tips on how to get the most out of polyphony!

So, are you ready to take the challenge and become one of the very few lyre players out there capable of applying polyphony in their melodies and playing an entire Fugue on just 7 strings?

This course is for competent lyre players who have preferably (but not obligatory) completed the Advanced Semester of the LyreAcademy. What's more, it is for lyres of any type with at least 7 strings.*

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

  • Implement to your lyre playing a very advanced technique, the polyphony.
  • Add several challenging exercises to your daily practice routine.
  • Add a 2nd or even a 3rd voice to your melodies.
  • Harmonize any given melody.
  • Play seven demanding polyphonic melodies.
  • Apply counterpoint music to your lyre playing.
  • Approach a Fugue.
  • Analyze a Fugue's morphology. 
  • Play a complete Fugue on a 7strings lyre.

* 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 : Warm up with Specialized Lyre Exercises

Ready to take up the challenge and become one of the very few lyre players worldwide able to implement polyphony into their playing? This is a masterclass designed for any advanced player willing to master his lyre. In this introductory lesson, we are going to warm up with exercises specially designed for polyphony playing.

Plus: Practical tips, and lyre exercises


Lesson 2 : Adding a 2nd Voice to a Melody

It's time for you to add a second voice to a given melody and understand what is and how to apply two voices polyphony into your playing.

Plus: Practical tips, and examples on the music stave


Lesson 3 : Learn How to Harmonize a Melody

Did you know that there isn't "one right way" to harmonize a melody, but many different ones? In this lesson, we are going to explore several of them and understand how our harmonizing approach can affect both the final melody and what our audience perceives by listening to it. And all of the above while learning our first polyphonic melody.

Plus: Sheet music for a lyre


Lesson 4 : Learn to Play the "Impulsive" Melody, Polyphony in 7/8 rhythm

Ready to go one step further and explore polyphony using a different and more demanding rhythm —the 7/8 rhythm— while learning how to play another polyphonic melody?

Plus: Sheet music for a lyre


Lesson 5 : The Role of Every Voice in a Polyphonic Melody

Ready to learn, step-by-step, your first polyphonic melody, the one titled "Ornament," while understanding in depth what role each voice can play in a polyphonic piece of music?

Plus: Sheet music for a lyre


Lesson 6 : Two Voices, Polyphony, and the ancient Greek Phrygios mode

In this lesson, we are going to put into practice everything we have learned in theory so far! We will learn, step-by-step, a polyphonic melody with two voices, using the ancient Greek Phrygios mode!

Plus: Sheet music for a lyre


Lesson 7 : Applying Counterpoint Music to our Lyre Playing

Ready to understand what Counterpoint Music is, and why is it so important when applying polyphony in your lyre playing?

Plus: Practical tips


Lesson 8 : Learn a Lyre Piece of Music with Two Voices

It's time to learn, step-by-step, a counterpoint piece of music, written for two voices, in our 7strings lyre.

Plus: Sheet music for a lyre


Lesson 9 : Learn a Lyre Piece of Music with Three Voices


Lesson 10 : Playing a Fugue on the Lyre, Part I


Lesson 11 : Playing a Fugue on the Lyre, Part II


Masterclass Finale : Playing a Fugue on the Lyre, Part III


Where do I go from here?

So, you have just finished the masterclass M06 and want to further advance your lyre playing? Take a quick look on our lyre tutors semester, focusing on teaching the lyre to beginner, intermediate and advanced lyre players, and eventually becoming a LyreAcademy certified lyre tutor!

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Enroll and get...

  • Full access to the masterclass for just $199.
  • Immediate access to all 12 lessons.
  • Including access for 3 months.
  • Exclusive access to our Private Students' Group, where you can ask anything and get personalised feedback from your instructor.
  • Crystal clear sound.
  • Fast loading 4K videos.
  • Lesson handouts with extras.
  • Sheet music 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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