For lever or pedal harp.
We are selling three versions of this PDF:
The LAP harp version is for 22-string lap harps (G below middle C).
The SMALL harp version is for small lever harps with 26 strings (one octave below middle C).
The LARGE harp version is for larger lever harps (two octaves below middle C) and pedal harps.
Be sure to order the correct one for your harp.
The Japanese Harp is a collection of 21 Japanese folk songs taken from Koto literature. Deborah Dahl Shanks' arrangements endeavor to stay true to the musical and cultural style of the Japanese music while being very accessible for the pedal or lever harpist of a late beginner to intermediate ability. Keys range from 1 flat through 2 sharps. Please note that each piece may be in different keys in the Lap Harp, Small Harp, and Large Harp versions. There are no lever changes within the pieces. Sheep Fast Asleep, a traditional Christmas Carol, also includes chord symbols. There are no fingerings.
Each PDF is 27 pages long, including 22 pages of music. Deborah has also included an informative page about the Japanese koto and its music.
The music examples below are from the version for larger harps.
Click on the blue titles below to see a sample of the first few lines of music.
- Cherry Blossoms – "Sakura"
- A Parasol with Paintings
- Beautiful Moon
- A Desert in Moon Night
- Red Shoes
- Seven Babies of Crow
- The Moon
- Mice are Going to Move Rice Box
- Festival for Little Girls
- A Pony
- A Monkey in a Mountain
- A Doll who Keeps
- A Ball and a King
- Blacksmith in a Village
- Japanese Waltz
- School of Small Fish
- Let's Go Home
- Sheep Fast Asleep "Hitsuji Wa Nemureri"