Disney for Harps Tuned to Flats

Disney for Harps Tuned to Flats

This article is for harpists who tune their lever harps to flats.
If you tune your lever harp to the key of C, or if you play pedal harp, it doesn't apply to you.

In the 24 years since I wrote my 76 Disney Songs for the Harp book, I've only received a handful of complaints that some of the pieces were not playable on harps tuned to flats. However, a recent email from a customer made me realize that I should see what I could do to fix this problem. I was quite surprised to discover that there are actually 19 pieces that had issues. They either need A# or E# accidentals that are impossible to play on lever harps tuned to flats.

Someday My Prince Will Come * When You Wish Upon a Star * Baby Mine * Reluctant Dragon * Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo * I'm Late * Bella Notte * La La Lu * March of the Toys * Let's Get Together * Chim Chim Cher-ee * Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious * Bare Necessities * The Aristocats * Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat * Scales and Arpeggios * DuckTales * Meet Me Down on Main Street * There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

For the past month, I've been transposing all of these songs into keys that work with harps tuned to flats. I have had to completely re-typeset them, so it has taken me a long time to get this project done. I'm happy to announce that I have completed this daunting task, and created a PDF including all 19 new arrangements.

If you have ever purchased 76 Disney Songs from anywhere, either as the printed book, or as a PDF download, you can get this new PDF FREE so you can play the pieces on your harp tuned to flats. Since all of these pieces are under copyright by Disney and I have to pay royalties on them, you will need to prove that you purchased the original book or PDF.

Here's all you need to do to get this free PDF if you tune your lever harp to flats.

#1. Buy a copy of 76 Disney Songs for the Harp book or PDF on my website. Then email sylvia@harpcenter.com asking to get the additional free PDF. Please put your name in the subject of the email.
#2. If you have purchased a copy of the book or PDF in the past, email me at sylvia@harpcenter.com asking for the additional free Disney PDF. (Please put your name in the subject line of the email.) I'll then send you an email asking you one trivia question. It will be something similar to "who wrote the music on page 86," or "what are the last 3 words of the lyrics on page 97," for example. The answer will be easy to find if you have your copy of the book close at hand. Once I receive your correct answer, I'll email the free PDF to you.

If you play the pedal harp, or if your lever harp is tuned to the key of C, this PDF won't be useful to you. You can play the pieces as written in the original book.

This article was originally published in the February 2018 Sylvia Woods Harp Center Newsletter.