For lever or pedal harp.
Ray pool has created this collection of 50 hymns of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon faith) in lead sheet (fake book) format. The selections are taken directly from the collection printed in 1985 with the simple title "Hymns."
Each piece includes the melody line, chord symbols, indications for harmonic adjustments (lever or pedal changes), and the first verse of lyrics. There are no accompaniments or fingerings. The keys range from 4-flats through 2 sharps. Each piece is 1 to 2 pages. Ray has also included 14 pages of useful information on chords and how to play from a "lead sheet" or "fake book."
Here's more information from Ray about this collection.
1. Each entry is placed in one of three categories according to musical complexity. These categories follow a progressive order described in ten pages of musical examples. By following these simple models, playing from a fake book format should become a much more accessible skill for all harpists.
In Category 1, each melody note is either the root, third or fifth of a diatonic triad. On the dominant chord in the key signature there may be a fourth note -- the seventh. This is identified by a chord symbol such as "G7."
In Category 2, in addition to the chords mentioned above, there are also "non-harmonic" tones. They are identified as neighboring notes, passing tones and accented passing tones.
In Category 3, chords from outside the key signature are used. These are called a "secondary" or "borrowed" dominant.
2. Each entry is identified by its location in the original source "Hymns" (1985) by both page number and also the name of the tune (not just the first line of text).
3. The collection is edited for performance on both lever and pedal harp with clear indications for harmonic adjustments on each instrument. Only seven of the entries pose too many chromatic requirements to be practical for the lever harp. Otherwise, forty-three entries are playable on each type of harp, simultaneously.
4. Three separate "Table of Contents" listings organize the entries according to (A) First line of text (B) Level of difficulty (C) Key signature.
5. All entries are given in the original key signatures as they appear in "Hymns."
If you already play from a fake book, this will be a resource of immediate use to you. If you want to learn to play from a fake book, this is a great place to start.
This PDF is 80 pages long.
This product is a PDF file, to be downloaded to your computer. We do not sell it as regular printed music. It is only available here in this PDF download format.
Click on the blue titles below to see a sample of the first few lines of music.
- Abide with Me!
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Christ the Lord is Risen Today
- Come unto Jesus
- Come, Come, Ye Saints
- Come, Listen to a Prophet's Voice
- Come, O Thou King of Kings
- Come, Ye Children of the Lord
- Come, Ye Disconsolate
- Did You Think to Pray?
- Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains
- Father in Heaven
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- For the Strength of the Hills
- God Be with You Till We Meet Again
- God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand
- God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray
- He Is Risen!
- High on the Mountain Top
- How Firm a Foundation
- How Gentle God's Commands
- How Great the Wisdom and the Love
- I Know That My Redeemer Lives
- I Need Thee Every Hour
- I Stand All Amazed
- I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go
- In Humility, Our Savior
- In Hymns of Praise
- Israel, Israel, God is Calling
- Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
- Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
- Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
- Joseph Smith's First Prayer
- Joy to the World!
- Lead, Kindly Light
- Let Us All Press On
- Now Let Us Rejoice
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
- O My Father
- Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
- Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel
- Redeemer of Israel
- Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
- Silent Night
- Sweet Is the Work
- The Lord Is My Shepherd
- The Spirit of God
- There Is a Green Hill Far Away
- We Ever Pray for Thee
- Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded