How To: Play the shabbat hymn "Adon Olam" on the lyre

Play the shabbat hymn "Adon Olam" on the lyre

How to Play the shabbat hymn "Adon Olam" on the lyre

In this lesson, I will demonstrate how to play on the lyre, the traditional melody usually sang to "Adon Olam"(Lord of the World); one of the beautiful closing hymns sang at the end of a traditional Shabbat Service.

The melody is in the melodic minor scale, starting on D, so the 10 strings of the Kinnor are tuned:

DEFGABbCDEF

I also demonstrate how it is possible to play sharps and flats on a replica of an ancient lyre...without the benefit of having sharpening levers, which are usually found on harps today!

The notes of the melody are:

AABbA, GFED, AA high E high D C

B natural A G# A, A

A B natural C# high D, AAGF, F

GCBbA, GFED

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