An Introduction to Jazz for the Beginner Classical Harpist


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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.

This book is a step-by-step introduction to learning jazz on the harp. You will start by learning simple pieces before setting out to explore the more complicated rhythms and harmonies of jazz. By the end, you will have learnt to make your own unique sound and improvise a solo!

"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


Format Paperback
Publication Date 5 March 2019
Pages 40
ISBN-10 0992640288
ISBN-13 978-0992640286

Meet 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.

Hire Amanda Whiting

Amanda is an experienced and professional harpist.

Available for weddings, private and corporate events and festivals.