In the old days in Celtic lands, the people believed that when a once-healthy infant wasted away, the fairies had stolen the healthy baby and left a changeling in its place. This lovely lullaby, arranged for beginners, tells of a sorrowful mother searching for her lost child. The tune has a lovely lilt, and is arranged so beginners can easily enjoy it. It features a gorgeous descending bass line, and the second verse is played up an octave and features a few easy grace notes and broken chords.
Why play exercises when you can play what's arguably the most charming of Carolan's pieces? This arrangement of Carolan's Draught pulls out all the stops, in honor of the showman the Turlough O'Carolan was reputed to be. The tune gives your right hand a fingering workout, but in a way that is completely "harpistic". Fingering includes thumb slides. I've added parallel scale passages, open hand octaves, lovely open tenth chords, and many other fun touches to the accompaniment. This piece is a great etude for late intermediate players, and perfect for recitals and gigs (and works beautifully as a wedding processional, too).
A favorite old English tune, with a sweet, lilting melody, set simply for beginners. Finding engaging repertoire for beginners can be difficult. That's why I arrange many of my favorite tunes especially for my own adult students. The first verse of this lovely piece is accessible to anyone who has mastered overlapping brackets. In the second verse, students get to work on 4-2-1 patterns, rolled chords, and placing and sliding into chords.