Pedalsliders Books

As a teacher, Amanda has found that more of her students were asking to learn popular music and jazz. Pedalsliders Books is the teamwork of Amanda and Tony Robinson who met whilst studying together on the MA Jazz course in Cardiff. These books have been written with the intention of making jazz fun and accessible for harpists. Improvising is not necessarily part of classical training and these books allow harpists to try out something new – playing in a jazz style – while also encouraging a move towards the freedoms of improvisatory music.

“I am enjoying your books very much. You are a gifted and prolific composer! I really like your pieces and using the different styles is lovely. I will be happy to recommend your books.”

Felice Pomeranz
Professor of Harp Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

Availability

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Pedalslider Books

An Introduction to Jazz for the Beginner Classical Harpist

by Amanda Whiting
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Are you a beginner harpist who would like to learn to improvise? Do you like jazzy chords and rhythms which make you want to tap your foot? Yes? Then this is the book for you.

Easy Jazz & Blues for Harp

by Amanda Whiting & Tony Robinson
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A selection of easy pieces for harp. Contents: Melancholic Blues, A Little Blues, Boogie Blues, Dorian Blues, Jazz Lullaby, Interrupted Blues, A Harmonic Waltz and Sombre Samba.

Intermediate Jazz & Blues for Harp

by Amanda Whiting & Tony Robinson
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Exciting repertoire for intermediate harpists

Including:
Dentist Blues (in F Molar), A Walk in the Park, Modal Blues, Taffs Well Latin Quarter, Greensleeves, Tea at the Ritz

Contemporary Sounds for Harp

by Amanda Whiting & Tony Robinson
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Jazz arrangements of Danny Boy, Make You Feel My Love, Nature Boy and Blues on the Mynd

Jazzy Christmas Carols

by Amanda Whiting & Tony Robinson
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Add some festive spice to your Christmas repertoire with this selection of popular songs and original compositions, specially arranged for the harp. With many contemporary styles to choose from – swing, modal jazz, calypso and more – there’s something for everyone. Perfect for the aspiring harpist or seasoned professional.

About the authors

Amanda Whiting
Amanda has become an established name on the jazz scene. She started classical harp at the age of 6 and at 16 was awarded a specialist scholarship to Wells Cathedral School. Since furthering her classical studies at Cardiff University, and jazz at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, she has become a freelance harpist all over the world; from recitals in London’s
Southbank to concerts at sea. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio broadcasts and is in constant demand for function and recording work, as well as lectures and masterclasses.

Tony Robinson
Tony is a professional drummer and multi-instrumentalist, well versed in the art of popular music and jazz performance. He is an alumnus of both The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He has performed and toured internationally, taught in the UK and Australia, and appeared as a conference speaker.
Amanda and Tony met while studying together on the RWCMD MA Jazz course in Cardiff and are striving to write new and interesting repertoire for harpists.