Intermediate Level | Lyre 202

Muting technique: Play your lyre the ancient way

Are you ready to play your lyre the ancient Greek way? According to many depictions that survives from Classical Greece, muting technique was probably the most common way of playing the lyre. Beyond the muting technique, you will also learn basic ancient rhythms that comes from the work of Aristoxenus, along with how to play "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, the Epitaph of Seikilos (the oldest complete ancient Greek melody) and much more.

This course is for intermediate 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 available also by LyreAcademy.

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

      • Play chords with the ancient "muting" technique.
      • Play the basic chords of the harmony of western music.
      • Play on the three basic ancient rhythms of Aristoxenus of Tarentum (a peripatetic philosopher and Aristotle's pupil).
      • Apply this knowledge on famous tunes.
      • Play "The Four Seasons" melody by Vivaldi.
      • Play "The Joy to the World" traditional song.
      • Play the oldest complete ancient Greek melody, called "The Epitaph of Seikilos", with the muting technique.

      * 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 : Apply muting technique on diatonic chords

      Which is the muting technique that ancient Greeks used for chords playing? In this lesson, you will learn and exercise all the diatonic chords' positions of the muting technique.


      Lesson 2 : Play chords progressions with muting technique

      It's time to play some very familiar chords progressions using our newly acquired muting technique. 

      Plus: Chord progression exercise for the muting technique


      Lesson 3 : Adding three ancient rhythms to your playing

      You will learn how to add three basic rhythms (based on Aristoxenus work) in your chord playing while using the muting technique. 

      Plus: Muting technique exercise for a lyre


      Lesson 4 : Learn how to play "Epitaph of Seikilos"

      You are ready to learn how to play the oldest surviving complete melody that comes from ancient Greece, the well-known "Epitaph of Seikilos"! The twist though is that you will use only the muting technique to play chords and accompany your voice! 

      Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


      Lesson 5 : Learn how to play "Joy to the World"

      Let's add to your music repertoire another well-known song, the "Joy to the World". You are going to further practice your muting technique while playing chords.

      Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


      Lesson 6 : Learn how to play "The Four Seasons"

      Why not playing a classical music piece on your lyre? Antonio Vivaldi "The Four Seasons" is a great melody to further practice your muting technique, so let's learn how to play it step by step!

      Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


      Lesson 7 : Adding arpeggios to your muting playing

      In our final lesson, you will get a taste of where you can go from here (and the possibilities are literally countless). Learn how to combine the muting technique with arpeggios to add small melodic phrases to your playing!  

      Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


      Where do I go from here? A Quick Look to Course 203!

      So, you have just finished course 202, 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 203!

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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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