Pedal or Lever Harp

50 Christmas Carols by Sylvia Woods

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  • Book
  • $19.95
  • PDF Download
  • $19.95
  • Companion CD: Christmas & Chanukah
  • $8.95
  • mp3 Downloads: Christmas and Chanukah
  • $8.95

For lever or pedal harp.

Arranged for beginning and advanced harpists.

This book or PDF download includes Sylvia Woods' multi-level arrangements of 50 of the best-known traditional Christmas carols, with their lyrics. Each piece has two arrangements: an easy version, and one that is more difficult. This book is a popular Christmas standard for both beginners and professionals. All pieces include fingerings and are in C or sharp keys. 96 pages. The book is spiral-bound.
See the complete list of carols below.

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Companion CD or mp3 downloads

The Companion CD and mp3 downloads include the pieces from this book and also from Sylvia's Chanukah Music for All Harps book. These recordings assist harp players in learning the pieces in these books. 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 books 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 books, with the Christmas pieces first, and then the Chanukah ones.

We are selling this music in a variety of formats:
  • Book and/or Companion CD, which we will mail to you
  • PDF and/or mp3 files, to be downloaded to your computer.
Please order the version you prefer.


Click on the blue titles below to see a sample of the first few lines of music.

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50 Christmas Carols for All Harps
By Nora Wu
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I am so glad that I bought this book because it is both easy to play with two versions and sounding oh so beautiful. I have been playing it all year round, not just at Christmas. My husband loves to listen to it. Thanks to Sylvia.


Must have!
By Anna Dunwoodie
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This is one book we couldn't be without during the holidays. It is so versatile that harpers of any ability can join and make some christmas music at their own level. This is our Christmas music bible - Auckland harp get togethers at this time of the year come with a reminder "bring harp, chair, stand and SW 50 carols book". Best value for $$ as everyone knows a lot of the tunes from this book! Thanks, Sylvia!!


Great book!
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I started taking harp lessons about 3 months ago and played the A arrangement (simpler version) of "Silent Night" this past Christmas. It's very exciting for a beginner harpist like myself to be able to play a Christmas song and it encourages further practice for next year, so that I may be able to play the B version as well and many more songs. I would recommend this book to both beginners and more advanced players, since it comes with both a simple version and a more difficult version of each song. The book is good quality with a pretty cover and has every Christmas song imaginable. I am very glad I bought this book!


Wonderful!
By Simone Salmon
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I use this book at gigs every Christmas season. It's something no harpist should be without!


Great Christmas music for Harp!
By Susan Jayne White
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I started teaching myself harp two years ago and decided this year to start working on Christmas music. I am delighted to have the easy versions to be able to play now and still have the harder ones to progress to later! I am extremely pleased to have such a variety of Christmas music to work on! Thank you, Sylvia!


Great Christmas gig book
By Lydia Sander
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Great book for both starters and intermedete players. Very wide variety and lovely little tunes! Great for the Christmas season! Good background music for dinners too.


Christmas companion
By Karen
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I started learning this book alone 2 years ago. Since then my children have joined in and they now play it in Christmas carols and performances. It has certainly become our regular Christmas companion with lots of pieces to choose from that are suitable to different levels.


Great for Duets!
By Audrey Joyner
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I and my teacher played at an Assisted Living home for Christmas and this book was a tremendous help. Instead of having a notebook of music we practicly just played through the book. Plus, since the book as an easier and harder version for each song my teacher played the the "B" part of the song and I played the "A" part. It worked out perfectly for a duet. Thank you so much Ms. Sylvia!!


Loved this book through the years!
By Natalie Wagner
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This is one of the first books my teacher told me to buy when I first began playing the harp 6 years ago. I've had it so long I forget that some people don't own it, it's such a wonderful book somehow I just assume it comes with the harp. Great for beginners, and as you grow you can learn the B version. And once you progress beyond that it's easy to spiff up the arrangements thanks to the chord symbols!


mandatory for Christmas
By Eric Bryan
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It may still be summer time, but I have been gearing up for Christmas with this book. As with all of Sylvia's books, this one has a nice range of songs for different skill levels. The companion CD is a great learning aide, for those working on reading musical notation better. I especially liked the version of "Ihr Kinderlein Kommet," and it even includes the lyrics in German!


Great book!
By Kati
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I am a beginning harpist, though I play various other instruments, and this book is really wonderful! My harp only goes to the C below middle C, and the arrangements in this book make it easy to modify the left hand so I can play all of the songs. Fingerings are included as well and they are very clear and easy to pick up. I was looking for a good Christmas book so I'd have something to play in church when December rolls around, and I have found it!


Love these songs!
By Olivia Claggett
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I have not played many songs out of this book because I don't have the need, but I love the ones I have played. My favorite is "O Holy Night." It is a gorgeous arrangement especially for a church service!


Great Book
By Jessica Slade
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Perfect for every Christmas!


My Classic Christmas Carol Book
By Sarah Kay Bierle
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Throughout the holiday season, people want to hear the old traditional Christmas carols . . . especially on a harp! In my collection of Christmas music I have the arrangements with all the glissandos, complicated finger patterns, harmonics, etc. etc. etc. But Sylvia Woods Christmas Carol book is still a favorite because of its simplicity and variety of carols. It is great for beginners to play the "easy version" and later learn the harder arrangement and it is fun for more experienced harpists to improvise. Overall, this is the Christmas Carol book that I choose to play from when people want to sing or when I need to play some carols for my own enjoyment.


50 Christmas Carol Book
By Barbara Banfield
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Wanted to tell you how much I love this book. Super fast delivery, thank you.Started to play it right away and discovered several songs that were not heard since my childhood. What wonderful memories flooded back. Not a harpist, but a keyboardist who appreciates the A & B versions giving me a lovely choice. Will enjoy this book for many years to come. Thank you Sylvia Woods.


Great book!
By Elanee Smythe
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I really appreciate the Christmas Carols selection that is in this book. It is so special to hear and play these wonderful exaltations of our glorious Savior. "For unto us a child is born unto us a Son is given" Isaiah 9:6


a lifesaver!
By Faye Fishman
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This book was a lifesaver. I was called to play background for a holiday event that was to be in one week. I hadn't looked at holiday material as I had no calls. But because I had 50 Christmas Carols on hand I pulled it out and tried each one. Because there are easy and more difficult arrangements I could pick the easy one and because of the guitar chords I could improvise. It was great; I added holiday melodies and they told me afterwards that they liked the selection of melodies. So thanks. This should be a basic book to have.


Wonderful for Multiple Levels
By AshMac
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These are all the old favorites and then some! I like that there are easier arrangements for novices like me and more challenging arrangements as something to strive for. Bravo, Sylvia Woods! You've done it again!


LOVE IT!
By Lisa Harper
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I bought this book and absolutely love it. So many great tunes to play and I love that the words are included. I can't recommend it enough!


Good variety
By L Cumming
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Lovely book with a variety of songs. I appreciate two version, one easy, one harder.


Variety; Sing-a-long; easy/adv side by side
By Sharon Oppedisano
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The variety of popular Christmas music in this book can be used in any venue for all ages: hospital, senior living, dinner music, church, sing-a-longs for young children to elderly. Beginner/adv side by side allows starting with beginner, and ending with advanced, or going back and forth within the song. It is extremely well written and notated. I have used it as a beginner and as a more advanced player, as well in a harp group where harpists of varying levels could play different parts of the scripts.


Great for all levels
By Nicky Lyons
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This book is so fun to play! The two versions of the songs make it easy for even newer players to add some holiday music to their repertoire. This one is a must-have!

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