05 May 2022Last chance to buy Bill Taylor's books
Marsharp Music is closing down soon, and Bill Taylor's 2 books are now out of print. This is a last chance to buy either Taylor's Miscellany or Early Scottish Airs as PDFs as they will no longer be available after this website closes.
24 April 2022PDF digital downloads now available for Karen Marshalsay's works
Automatic digital downloads are now available for Karen Marshalsay's works here.
03 March 2022Folk Harp Journal review of A Harper's Yuletide
The latest edition of The Folk Harp Journal has a very favourable review of A Harper's Yuletide by Denise Grupp-Verbon.
A Harper’s Yuletide, Old and new tunes for the
season. Arranged and composted by Karen Marshalsay.
Published by Marsharp Music. 2021. 28 pages. 12£ plus
postage in book form or 10£ as a PDF. Available from
This fine collection features 20 Christmas tunes
ranging from beginner to advanced. Sixteen are
traditional and four are Karen’s original compositions.
She has even arranged them in handy suggested sets. A
few of the tunes feature two arrangements, one especially
for beginners. This book will be a wonderful addition to
your holiday repertoire. Karen also includes lyrics and
stories for many selections; great for program notes or
stories when giving a performance.
Techniques and features include syncopation,
harmonics, rolled chords (both in the traditional way
and marked as rolling from top, down), striking the
strings with the back of the fingernails, and grace notes.
Lever changes are limited and clearly marked. A couple
of the more advanced selections include groups of grace
notes, really something different. Karen also introduces
a unique technique called “Angelique” — which means
to play near the neck of the harp. This creates a new and
different timbre. Keys include C, G, D, F, and Bb. There
are no fingerings or placings marked. You will enjoy