La Partida - played on Paraguayan harp


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Some say it's called "Quiero ser tu sombra" (wanna be your shadow), apparently by Hector Quattromanos and Zulema Alcayaga but this tune has been claimed by many people. Thanks to a fellow YouTube user who did some research, we now know that the tune I play is in fact traditional. It's such a great piece - I love the slinkiness of it (if that's not a word, it is now). The Paraguayan harp is amazing - the sound on this recording is just noise-reduced, no other audio treatment - you can hear the sparkly treble and deep bass. The harp has guitar-type tuners (machine heads) which can be a bit fiddly near the middle of the harp, where it curves inwards. You hardly have to touch the strings to make it work - and when you play loud, the strings have the characteristic "twang" which you can use for special effects. I bought it at the Stamford Harp Festival and there's a rolled-up banknote in the end of the harp at the top - I can't get it out so who knows what it's worth! Apparently people would put banknotes in between the strings or into the top, as a tip. If you're a harpist, you might spot that the strings don't follow the conventional colours because Paraguayan harps have the C string in blue, and the F string in red, the reverse of other harps. I'm playing it in my annex, which was a bakery serving the local houses, built around 1790 - that's the bread oven in the stone wall behind me. This is another of my late-night recordings, and it's the first complete take - so there's the odd rough bit. The arrangement and video is my copyright. You are welcome to learn and play the arrangement if you like it - but please credit me if you play it in public. If you like it, I'll post more music. The video was recorded using a 3-CCD camera direct to hard disk, and I used Cool Edit Pro to noise reduce the audio and Adobe Premiere Pro for picture correction. If you want a higher-quality file to download and put on your computer, leave me a message and I'll send you the link.

Canal: Music
Subido: 23/08/06 a las 8:13 pm
Autor: Mark Harmer

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Mayra Hernández Ríos (el 19/02/15 a las 6:31 pm)
Beautiful! :)
Marcelo Batista (el 03/11/14 a las 3:03 am)
Great great great harpist! Excellent musical work!!! Congratulations from Belo Horizonte - Brasil Marcelo Batista
somael (el 27/01/14 a las 9:58 am)
This is a beautiful song and you are great artist. Thanks for sharing. You did this recording almost 8 years ago but, for me, it is happening right now. When you did it, in fact, you gave eternal life to your art. Congratulations.
Emerson Ricardo (el 07/04/14 a las 5:06 am)
lindo demais
Henky Tanumihardja (el 02/03/14 a las 6:23 pm)
musik yang luar biasa.....awesome.....
Henky Tanumihardja (el 02/03/14 a las 6:23 pm)
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AJTE VI (el 28/04/13 a las 1:02 am)
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Shelby Fields (el 04/01/09 a las 1:10 am)
I want to play the harp... BADLY! But my mom wont lwt me because I am learning to play teh flute and cello right now. I think the instrument is very beautiful. How hard is it to learn to play the nylon strung harp? Also, what are good, regular prices on it?
phoranea (el 16/02/09 a las 6:43 pm)
Si miras debajo del apartado "more info" te daras cuenta que el corrigio su error :) Saludos!
Ugljesa Popovic (el 08/05/09 a las 10:12 pm)
wooow the way you play you could tame the biggist of beast :)

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