The Sing-Along Harper
by Verlene Schermer
In this class we'll learn how to "jam" along with a song
circle on popular sing-along songs -- just like people who play guitar!
We'll use folk and pop tunes that have words and chords only -- no
written music. You'll learn how to play chords in a variety of rhythm
patterns and you'll learn "fingerpicking" styles to play
along with singers and guitarists and other musicians in a group setting.
You can of course also use these patterns to accompany your own singing
or another singer or instrumentalist!
In addition to the song handouts, there are
handouts that will help you determine how to set your levers, what
notes to omit when the chords
travel outside the key, and how to determine the time signature, and
establish the "groove" of a song.
Verlene Schermer is a South San Francisco Bay Area based singer,
songwriter, and harpist with an eclectic style that leans toward
blues and jazz. She performs as a solo artist and with her combo
of bass and drums. She accompanies her dynamic and versatile singing
voice on Celtic harp and cross-strung chromatic harp. Her original
songs cover a wide range of topics from themes of dreaming, vision,
and creative process, to poignant observations about modern living.
These can be heard on her four solo recordings, Comfortable Blues,
Dreamtime, Rendezvous with the Moon, and Persephone's Art. Verlene's
recordings and performances are often described as "transformative" and "empowering." She
tours the U.S. and Europe performing in concerts and teaching harp
and voice clinics.