If you already know how to count music, this book is not for you. I wrote it for the group of beginning harpers (or beginning players on any instrument) who have not played music before. Or who have difficulties with certain rhythms and need help figuring them out. As with all of my learning materials, this book was written with the adult student in mind, but can certainly be used with young people who are being supervised in their learning.
The book begins at the beginning, with a thorough discussion of whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes (triplets too!) and how they relate to each other and to the time signature. And how music is all about math!
It explains the common (and some not so common) time signatures, tied notes, dotted notes, syncopation, and “three over two.” It relies heavily on the metronome as a learning tool, and you should have one handy as you study and play through this book. Due to the nature of the book, the CD is not optional, it is part of the package.
63 pages, 63 exercises, lots of explanations, and six bonus harp solos
In the drop-down menu, you can choose from book with CD and eBook with mp3s.
Click to view the contents. The CD contains all 63 of the musical examples, along with full recordings of the entire bonus section.
Click to view the Bonus contents
Cindy, as I was surfing the web, LATE one night, and actually looking at Blevins harps, I came across your music arrangements and bio. I related to you immediately, being an adult beginning harper. I just wannted to take a minute to thank you! First for your prompt response that you had received my order and secondly, for taking the initiative in publishing Rhythm Matters. This book was exactly what I needed. I received it yesterday but wasn’t able to go through it and hear the CD until today. Already it has made a tremendous difference for me. I look forward to purchasing more of your books and possibly a therapy harp as well. Thank you for all that you do, it is truly appreciated.” Donita A, WA