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Jenkins, Anna Thormahlen

The Enchanted Village Ensemble Book PDF

ALL HARPS EASY ENSEMBLE The Enchanted Village was a real place where Jenkins lived. Her harp studio entrance was a world of tinkling wind chimes, tweeting birds, a bubbling fountain, and the sounds of the lake just steps away. This book is inspired by those students at that point in time. This is the PDF download version.

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About the Enchanted Village…
For eleven years I taught harp lessons out of my home studio in what we called the
“Enchanted Village.” My early 1950s-era house was built by my father, and I lived
in it my entire childhood. My grandparents had lived next door in a white house they
built during the Depression from old highway bricks. Our village was on the shores
of Lake Washington in the Pacific NW region of the USA. Next to the two houses
were a detached garage, an old shed, a Shasta travel trailer, a field with fruit trees,
a vegetable garden, and at various times – often overlapping – dogs, rabbits, a
monkey, beehives, and one sheep named Lambert. In my early 20s, I left to live my
life in various places, and when my own nest was empty, I had the opportunity to
live there again, next door to my mother, during her last season of life.
To get to my studio in our daylight basement, students came down a driveway off a
busy road, passed through my colorful Brian Boru gate and crossed a garden of
shamrocks, cyclamen and plants native to Ireland and Scotland. By the time they
reached the studio’s door, they were in a world of tinkling wind chimes, tweeting
birds, a bubbling fountain, and the sounds of the lake just steps away.
While my harp students worked on scales and chords, I also taught them how to play
different patterns. As they mastered these, we held “harp conversations” where one of us
would play a pattern while the other improvised a tune. Then we would trade parts.
At a certain point we added rhythm instruments, and at group lessons, we mixed
it all up! Several students became composers and arrangers and created wonderful
compositions of their own. This book, inspired by the Enchanted Village
harp students, holds some of the tunes we played together. Try them with your friends,
students, or harp circle. Then make up some of your own!
~ Anna Thormahlen Jenkins
Table of Contents
Swaying Trees 
Galloping Ponies 
Down the Garden Path 
Traveling in the Trailer 
Ladder in the Apple Tree 
Waves Wash Ashore 
Chimes in the Wind 
Shamrocks 

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The Enchanted Village Ensemble Book PDF

The Enchanted Village Ensemble Book PDF

ALL HARPS EASY ENSEMBLE The Enchanted Village was a real place where Jenkins lived. Her harp studio entrance was a world of tinkling wind chimes, tweeting birds, a bubbling fountain, and the sounds of the lake just steps away. This book is inspired by those students at that point in time. This is the PDF download version.

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