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F.E.P.A. Technique

Fast EnHarmony for Pedal Harp

For all pedal Harpist, composers and arrangers!

by Vanessa D’Aversa


F.E.P.A. technique (Fast Enharmony for Pedal hArp) is a book of Technique to the fast enharmony for pedal harp, born from the application and knowledge developed first as a student and then as a teacher in making more usable, all the possibilities, secrets and difficulty, of the pedal board, for all the genres played on the pedal harp.

This book was written mainly for all harpists (professionals and not) that want to keep a conscious manual of harmony on their instrument, transcribe, compose songs or improvise but also useful for composers and arrangers, who want to know in depth the pedal board. On the subject, it has never been developed, a clear method for harpists to orient them in various genres and levels in developing the use of the pedal board to en-harmonize extemporaneously.

There are few theoretical treatises on enharmony, impracticable even for classical composers and even more there are no texts on applied harmony used in the teaching of harpists to resolve overlaps of alterations extemporaneously.

It is very important to propose to students, harpists, composers and arrangers, a practical and systematic discipline at increasing levels of interest that explore all the harmonic possibilities of pedal harp with tips for immediate use from traditional languages (classic-contemporary) up to to face a first in-depth knowledge of the harmonies used in modern genres (pop-rock-jazz).



The learning process

Structure of the book

For the student

For the Teacher

Specific F.E.P.A. notation for the harp

I level: FEPA Basic (Basic concepts of enharmony)

Pedal Harp: Theoretical description of the pedals in classical tonal music and arrangement of the pedals and alterations. From the book “Arpa Moderna” by Lucia Bova


The enharmonic or diatonic pedal Harp?

Enharmonic sounds or homophones: The En-harmonic Pedal Harp

En-harmony first rules F.E.P.A. technique

En-harmonic pedals associated F.E.P.A. technique

Virtual Pedal Practice

What is the PedalPad?

Fast enharmonic reading: first exercises

GRILL notes: find the corresponding enharmonic pedal

II level: FEPA Intermediate (en-harmonic and melodic knowledge of the pedals from classical to modern music)

Metronome for exercise

Pedalize at the right time

the other diagrams for the study

The circle of the fifths: A little theory

How to use the circle of fifths

Chord Grill: repetition of chords and scales

Chord Voicing Drills

Root movement Drill

“Flashchord” Drill

Chords GRILL: Play the corresponding enharmonic chord

Pedals applied to: intervals, scales and chords, triads and quadriads

Chords and scales on the pedal harp

Advice for the study



The major scale and their modes

Association of scales fingering at intervals

Natural minor scale

The melodic minor scale and its modes

Major pentatonic


Scale Blues

Special scales:

Chromatic scale

Scale of tones

Scale of tones / semitones W / H

Semitone scale / H / W tones

III Level: F.E.P.A. Advanced

Pedal tab Gliss

Hybrid pedals on models of complex harmonic progressions

Technical substitutions


Tips and Warnings: for harpists who approach the study of jazz

Jazz II-V-I harmonic progressions and for third and diminished

Main progressions for study

Chromatic progressions with diminished

Improvisation techniques

Walking bass

Linear improvisation (in- and out-line) targeting, Chromatic approach

Accompaniment: Comping






F.E.P.A. Notes : Virtual Pedal Practice

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