Make Mine a Double Book

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Make Mine a Double: A Beginning Method for Double-Strung Harp

by Cynthia Shelhart 

The contemporary double-strung harp has fascinated harp players and listeners since its inception in 1989. The instrument’s ability to overlap melody and harmony in the same range, as well as its characteristic “echo” effect, makes it a natural outlet for musical creativity. Some harpers and harpists have learned its secrets through instinct and experimentation—but many potential players still ask: “How do you play that thing?” 

Make Mine a Double is the first beginning-level method available for contemporary double-strung harp. In this book, Cynthia Shelhart, a double-strung harp specialist since 1992, identifies the musical techniques you need to play this unique instrument. Make Mine a Double provides exercises, etudes, arrangements and resources for your journey to double-strung enjoyment and success. 

Contents include: 

  • 66 exercises and etudes to support each area of technique, for large and small double-strung harps. 
  • 15 additional arrangements for double-strung harps, playable on both large and small instruments. 
  • Background information to answer questions frequently asked by double-strung harp players. 
  • A resource guide to double-strung harp builders, performers and publications. 
  • 81 full-length recordings of the musical selections from this book are now available below as a no-cost download (click on "Download MMD Companion MP3s" to download). *NOTE: The download is a .zip file, containing all 81 recordings in .MP3 format. Effective June 11, 2018, this download replaces the CD mentioned in the book text. Previous MMD book purchasers may download the MP3s at no cost. The MP3 download is now included with all new MMD book purchases, at no additional cost.*

158 pages; spiral-bound book. PDF digital version available separately.

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MMD Sample 1 Preview MMD Semi-Echo Exercise #8 (PDF) 191 KB
MMD Sample 2 Preview MMD Etude I Saw Three Ships 240 KB

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May15

University of Chicago Early Music Ensemble

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Bond Chapel, 1050 E 59th St, Chicago IL 60637

As a member of the Early Music Ensemble, Cynthia sings and plays continuo on this early music bouquet from France featuring pieces by Mouton, Sermisy, Arcadelt, Janequin, and others for voices, viols, guitar, harpsichord, and winds. Admission free.

Mar17

Kristevski Wedding (private event)

Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso IN

Private event.

Jan18

U of C Early Music Ensemble Tea Time Concert

Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S Ellis Ave, Chicago IL 60637

Cynthia sings soprano with the University of Chicago Early Music Ensemble. Concert is free and open to the public, in Fulton Recital Hall (fourth floor of Goodspeed Hall). Complimentary tea and cookies are served in the Fulton Hall lobby at 4:15pm and the concert begins promptly at 4:30pm.

Dec30

Benedict Wedding (private event)

Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso IN

Private event.