Pedal or Lever Harp

Irish Dance Tunes by Sylvia Woods

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  • Book
  • $11.95
  • PDF Download
  • $11.95
  • Companion CD
  • $8.95
  • mp3 Downloads
  • $8.95

For lever or pedal harp.

This book or PDF download contains 50 Irish jigs, hornpipes, reels and airs arranged for the harp by Sylvia Woods. This is an excellent book for intermediate and advanced harp players interested in learning about Irish dance tunes, or for those already involved in the Irish music scene. It can be used by groups of musicians as well as harp soloists. In sharp keys with fingerings and chord symbols. A 5-page introduction on the types of Irish dance tunes and how to play them is also included. 64 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. The pieces are in the same order as in the book.


Although most of the pieces in this book are dance tunes with no lyrics, four of the selections do have words: Rocky Road to Dublin, Little Beggarman, Carrickfergus, and The Parting Glass. You can download and print a FREE PDF of these lyrics.

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.

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You can play and tap your toes at the same time! Great book.
By Judy Diaz
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All of Sylvia's harp arrangements have a "high playability" rating with me. Believe me when I say this because I have looked at, and purchased a lot of harp music over the years. No one can arrange for the harp the way Sylvia can! This book is a perfect example of being able to make playable complicated Irish jigs, slip jigs, reels and hornpipes for those of us who are not "professional" harp players. This traditional music gets all of our collective toes tapping. Two introductions are included to help the novice better understand the nature and spirit of Irish dance tunes. I have had a lot of fun, and challenge, from the pieces in this book. It also includes one of my FAVORITE AIRS, Carrickfergus.

Best book for traditional Irish music
By Sandra Fromm
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This is one of the best books for learning traditional Irish music. Like the reviewer above, I too have purchased a lot of harp music, but all of Sylvia Woods' books are the best. They offer easy and intermediate level accompaniments, and chording so that you can add additional notes. This particular book has fast become one of my favorites; it offers a good variety of traditional Irish music, information on traditional music sessions, and fingering. The fingering for traditional Irish music is slightly different than for other harp music because it is played very quickly, so the fingering included in this book is very helpful when learning to play the songs. I also appreciate the companion CD for those songs that I am not familiar with. Highly recommend this book and CD!!

Great book
By Lydia Sander
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Great book for Irish intermedete players! Some of my favorites are "Merrily Kiss the Quaker","Parting Glass", and "The Rocky Road to Dublin". Good Irish book for Novice players.

Book and CD make these beautiful songs accessible to all skill levels!
By Kimberly Crick
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I'm a beginner and many of these songs are out of my skill level. But don't let the quick pace of these songs turn you away! You can play them slowly and they still sound wonderful. The CD that goes along with this book is an incredible learning tool. The songs are played slower than usual, granting me a greater understanding of how the piece sounds bit by bit. It's so much easier to play a song when you have just heard it, and if you get stuck in a spot just skip to that part on the cd and listen to it again. It's also a great way to pick out your favorite songs before you learn the sheet music. My love for these beautiful songs keeps me motivated in practicing the harp. I initially purchased it for Brian Boru's March, but there are other extremely beautiful songs on here like King Of The Faries, Morrison's Jig, and Rights Of Man. True crowd pleasers that really give the feeling of old times in Ireland."

Love Sylvia's Music
By Cherith Hendrich
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Booked a Celtic/Renaissance gig this fall and I'm so glad I have this album! I've been gigging for over 15 years and Sylvia's music is definitely a cornerstone of my repertoire. It has all the essentials -- beautiful melodies and chords. I highly recommend her music to any harpist!

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