Rainbow of Sound Books+DVDs


Welcome to the Rainbow of Sound® Book+DVD Series – learn to play harp AND read music!

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 the website at www.PlayHarp.com

The Rainbow of Sound® series provides recital opportunities to be used by Rainbow of Sound Ensemble Facilitators®. A facilitator is one who helps others learn how to play the harp. Ensemble members and new students are able to discern whether they want to continue to study before they purchase a harp. Contact us for information on becoming a Rainbow of Sound Ensemble Facilitator®.

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.

“The DVDs are most effective with the music books. We offer them separately for those who have previously purchased the books without the DVDs.

– The various product combinations are shown below the following video introduction section –


Click on images below to view the Introduction Video for each book

The Purple book (A First Harp Book) focuses on learning how to read the treble clef and playing tunes that become part of the story line which lead to free improvisation. The use of color and alliteration help the student to retain the information making this an integrated method of learning. There are also guidelines for parents and teachers to assist young children. EASY LEVER HARP (no levers necessary)

The Blue book (A Second Harp Book) Study of the Bass Clef – delightful songs. The study of basic rhythm, musical terminology. 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. EASY LEVER HARP (no levers necessary)

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 kindness to one another, to animals and living things 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 great 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. All songs in the key of C.


NEW!  We now have the Rainbow of Sound Book 1 translated in Dutch!  This book
can be obtained from De Troubadour Harpen in the Netherlands!  Enjoy!  Book 2 will
will be out very soon!




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