Pedal or Lever Harp

40 O'Carolan Tunes by Sylvia Woods

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  • Book
  • $19.95
  • PDF Download
  • $19.95
  • Companion CD
  • $8.95
  • mp3 Downloads
  • $8.95

For lever or pedal harp.

Arranged for beginning and advanced harpists.

This multi-level book or PDF download by Sylvia Woods contains 40 tunes by O'Carolan (1670-1738), the most famous of the Irish harper/composers. These tunes are perfect for weddings and other occasions. Each piece has two arrangements: an easy version, and one that is more difficult. The pieces are fingered and are in the key of C or sharp keys, with chord symbols. 112 pages. The book is spiral-bound.

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Companion CD or mp3 downloads

The companion CD or mp3 downloads will assist harp players in learning the pieces in this book. Since many of you will want to "play along" as you are learning, Sylvia has recorded most of the pieces slower than they are usually played, and as "straight" as possible, with little or no expression or rhythmic variations.
In the book each piece has two arrangements: (A) an easy version, and (B) one that is more difficult. On these recordings Sylvia plays the "B" versions. Since the two versions can be played as a duet, you can play either version along with the recording. The pieces are in the same order as in the book. .

We are selling this music in a variety of formats:
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  • PDF and/or mp3 files, to be downloaded to your computer.
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  • Lady Athenry
  • George Brabazon
  • Planxty Burke
  • Carolan's Cap
  • Carolan's Concerto (Mrs. Power)
  • Carolan's Draught
  • Carolan's Fancy
  • Carolan's Farewell to Music
  • Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady
  • Carolan's Receipt
  • Carolan's Welcome
  • The Clergy's Lamentation
  • Sir Charles Coote
  • Planxty Crilly
  • Bridget Cruise
  • Planxty Drew
  • John Drury
  • Lord Galway's Lamentation
  • Lady Gethin
  • Hewlett
  • Lord Inchiquin
  • Baptist Johnston
  • Bumper Squire Jones (Thomas Morres Jones)
  • Morgan Magan
  • Blind Mary
  • Mrs. Maxwell
  • John O'Connor
  • Maurice O'Connor
  • Charles O'Conor
  • Hugh O'Donnell
  • O'Flinn
  • Kean O'Hara
  • O'Rourke's Feast
  • Eleanor Plunkett
  • Fanny Power
  • Planxty Safaigh
  • Sheebeg and Sheemore
  • Dr. John Stafford
  • Captain Sudley (Carolan's Dowry)
  • Planxty Sweeny

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One of My Favorites
By Carol S. Tillman
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This is the first book of harp music that I ever purchased, and it remains one of my favorites. I bought it in college because I enjoyed Patrick Ball's CDs of Turlogh O'Carolan's music. At that time, I didn't play the harp, but I was determined to learn some day. Now, years later, several songs in this book have become a part of my standard repertoire. Some of my particular favorites are Carolan's Welcome, Lady Gethin, Morgan Magan, and Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady.


Always Useful and Always Enjoyable
By Mary Jane Ballou
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I've bought many books of Irish music and have many different arrangements of Carolan tunes in my library, but this is the book I always come back to. This is the book that I throw in my bag along to take along to gigs "just in case." When I was a beginner, I labored over the simple arrangements. Now many of Sylvia's ideas are a jumping-off point for my own approach to these tunes. The fingerings are sound and a wonderful way to learn how to finger harp music when you're getting started. The music clear, easy to read, and because the arrangements are not extended, there are no hideous page turns. I have a raft of Sylvia Woods' books, but this one will always be cloest to my heart. And who would have thought that? Especially since I told my first teacher that I didn't "particularly care for Irish music." Little did I know what Irish music could be.


Very Useful and a good "sit down and play" book
By Lydia Sander
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I pick up this book and play these lovely tunes just for the fun of it. VERY useful for gigs!! If you're just starting to play celtic music, this is a great book. Great songs. Intermedete level.

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