Beginner Level | Lyre 103

Lyre & Rhythm: Graduate from Beginner Level

Rhythm is the pulse of music, and according to Plato music needs rhythm to find its way to the secret places of the soul. It's time to introduce yourself to such a fundamental music concept by practicing your lyre playing, and learn how to play three advanced music melodies: "Ode to Joy" by L. V. Beethoven, "Embrace", and "Wondering"!

This course is for beginners, and it is highly recommend to complete first the course Lyre 101: Down to the Basics and Lyre 102: Playing with Both Hands, 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 your lyre in several rhythms.
    • Exercise as an intermediate level lyre player.
    • Play two advanced melodies using rhythmic skills.
    • Play one melody in several different rhythms.
    • Read rhythms on a music stave.
    • Play the L. V. Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".
    • Read a proper music sheet with notes and rhythmic values, a skill that will elevate you to the intermediate level.
    • Play two melodies on a lyre: "Embrace" and "Wondering".

    * 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 : Adding rhythm to your lyre playing

    This is your first encounter with rhythmic playing on a lyre. Learn how to play the 2/4 rhythm, and understand the importance of it in your lyre playing. 

    Plus: Your 1st rhythmic exercise on a lyre.


    Lesson 2 : Time to speed up your lyre playing

    Moving from 2/4 to 3/4 can make a world of difference. Learn how applying different rhythms to your lyre playing, can enable you to play completely different melodies!

    Plus: Your 2nd rhythmic exercise on a lyre.


    Lesson 3 : Long and short notes on a lyre

    In this lesson, you are going to learn about a basic rhythm you always encounter in music but you don't know what it actually is. It's time for you to learn the difference between long and short notes, and how you can apply them to your lyre playing. 

    Plus: Long and short notes exercise on a lyre.


    Lesson 4 : One rhythmic step beyond

    Let's find out why 5/4 is considered an advanced rhythm, and why it is so important in modern Greek music tradition. By learning how to play in 5/4, you will acquire the skill to start playing on several different rhythms!

    Plus: A 5/4 exercise on a lyre.


    Lesson 5 : Rhythm and two-hands lyre playing

    With the basic rhythmic knowledge on hand, it's time for you to move forward a step further by playing with both hands. 

    Plus: A specialised "Quavers" exercise for lyre players. 


    Lesson 6 : Learn how to play "Ode to Joy"

    Welcome to the world of the music stave! By being able to read music sheets, you will open yourself to thousands of famous or less-known melodies from all over the world. You ready for this, so let's learn how to play L. V. Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".

    Plus: Music sheet for a lyre.


    Lesson 7 : Learn how to play "Embrace"

    Learn how to play a melody on the advanced 5/4 rhythm by reading a music sheet. 

    Plus: Music sheet for a lyre.


    Lesson 8 : Where do I go from here?

    You are ready to experience the joy of changing the rhythm on a single melody by learning how to play the melody "Wondering". Learn how to play an advanced song that combines all the rhythms we have learned in this course.

    Plus: Music sheet for a lyre.

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    • 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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