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Rainbow of Sound™

Welcome to the Rainbow of Sound® LEARN TO PLAY HARP Series on DVD with the accompanying Rainbow of Sound® Books. You will learn how to play the harp and the basics of technique, posture, tuning, note-reading, improvisation and gain repertoire while enjoying beautiful stories and images. The use of color and alliteration help to reinforce concepts. This program is suitable for all ages beginning with very young children. I would, however, encourage the young child to explore the instrument until around the age of six before expecting serious note-reading skills.

For the older student who has never studied music, you will find this approach will give you a clear understanding of hand position and basic note-reading. I recommend that you seek a Facilitator of the Rainbow of Sound® method. They will further help you with fingerings and theory study. You will find these Facilitators on this website:  Facilitators under Beginners. Some of our Facilitators can help you learn to play the harp through SKYPE lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Harp Instructor, Carol McLaughlin, Harp Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and director of the famed Harp Fusion ensemble commends the method as “exceptional” and suggests that this unique approach be applied to college level harp study.

Beginning Harp DVD/Books Series Vol – 1 – 6
For all ages…multiple camera angles on DVDs for easy learning!!!

The Purple book focuses on learning how to read the treble clef and playing tunes that become part of the story line. The use of color and alliteration help the student to retain the information making this an integrated method of learning.

The Blue book takes the student further into the study of reading music by introducing the bass clef. Songs learned in the Purple book are then expanded to include harmonies in the Blue book. You can play the songs while the story unfolds.

In the Green book, we have a charming story, written by Barbara Yule, taking place in Scotland. Through this story we are reminded of the subtle energies that surround us daily and that we truly live in a magical kingdom. Songs from Christina”s recording – The Emerald Harp – are adapted for beginners. All songs are in the key of C. This story makes for a wonderful production for a group of harpists!

The Yellow book takes the student into the study of learning about accidentals – sharps and flats and the use of levers on the harp. The story by Joanna Huckvale takes place in Wales with beautiful Welsh melodies that bring home the importance of being kind to one another, to animals and taking care of the Earth.

In the Orange book, we have a variety of techniques and games to trigger our imagination for composing music and creating fresh lovely improvisations. There is such joy to express our individuality through song and sound!

The Red book fills us with music for Light Festivals. Music for Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanza arranged in easy but interesting harmonies enable us to play for the Holidays.

 Color My World©

The Color My World© Series offers beautiful melodies for the new beginner coming to the harp for the first time. It is the new extension of the Rainbow of Sound program. In each set, there are approx. 15 easy melodies with fingerings and letter names on cards that can be attached to a pillar prompter on the column of the harp. There are also chord charts on the reverse side enabling players of all levels to make music together.

The enclosed  DVD provides 4 teaching views – close up of the fingering – chords – playing along to lovely accompaniment and visuals to enhance your own playing with the accompaniment.

This program can be used by individuals or in a group. You can learn to play harp in the comfort of your own home with the DVDs and music cards.

The songs are categorized into collections that address the needs of people in special circumstances

  • Lullabies for babies and peaceful songs for relaxation
  • Songs of strength and encouragement for those in rehabilitation units or other places of boosting energy
  • Songs of hope, inspiration and love for support groups
  • Songs of faith and gratitude for those in those places of the unknown and recovery
  • Songs of nature and healing for well-being

One does not need to specifically use the music in those areas as all the songs can stand alone just for the 
enjoyment of learning a simple song on the harp. The accompaniments on the DVDs creates a lovely background so that the harp player can learn rhythm and enjoy the full success of becoming an artist!

The beautiful DVDs show the processes of playing the tunes.

  • Those having no musical background easily learn these tunes
  • Color codes and numbers achieve success in music making

The songs are also multi-level arranged for groups of people including special needs and those with physical challenges 
so that they can be part of a Harp Circle playing the tunes together.

Research has proven that when people experience the sound of relaxing music, they relax which leads to deeper breathing. In turn, this helps in the oxygenation of the body helping people to gain a better sense of well-being. The songs are categorized into collections that appeal to people in different emotional and physical states.

“Our world of senses is the world of effects. What works in each being produces an image in others just as plucking a string produces sound. Each being is a harpist on someone else’s strings and at the same time a harp for someone else’s fingers.”—Robert Hamerling, poet, 1830-1889


Color My World©
Pink – Songs of
Love & Beauty
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Color My World©
Green – Songs of
Nature & Healing
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Color My World©
Blue – Songs of
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 Color My World©
Orange – Songs of Strength & Courage
Spring 2014
Color My World©
Yellow – Songs of
Hope & Inspiration
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Color My World©
Purple – Songs of
Faith & Gratitude
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Rainbow of Sound™
Book #1 A First Harp Book
Purple Book $15.00
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Book #2 A Second Harp Book
Blue Book $15.00

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Book #3 The Emerald Harp Book
Green Book $15.00
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Book #4 Sharps and Flats
Yellow Book $15.00
Rainbow of Sound™  Book #5
Fun Games and Techniques..
Orange Book $15.00 
 Rainbow of Sound™ Book #6
Songs of Light Festivals
Red Book $15.00