9 songs in three weeks- yes, it can be done!

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    Karen Johns on #158084

    Getting ready for Yuletide Wine & Dine in my hometown. Really knuckled down and put fingers to strings and learned nine Christmas carols in three weeks. Just kept playing them over & over. Here is the list of songs I learned (easy level of course!)


    Masters In This Hall

    The Angels & The Shepherds

    The Holly & The Ivy

    The Boars Head Carol

    I Saw Three Ships

    Deck the Hall

    Good King Wenceslas

    Silver Bells

    Most of these were from Sylvia Woods 50 Christmas Carols. I would assess myself at lower intermediate level as far as playing skill goes, comparing to music I feel comfortable learning. I find that

    Philippa mcauliffe on #158085

    This sounds like me

    Karen Johns on #158086

    Wow, and I thought I had the pressure on! LOL I’m doing the easy versions of the Sylvia Woods carols, for the most part, adding some rolled chords and glisses here and there to customize. I love the Coventry Carol too. How many hours a day do you practice? I can only squeeze in an hour before & an hour after work tops. 300 lines of new music? All I can say is “uff-dah”!!

    jessica-wolff on #158087

    I’m playing mainly from the Sylvia Woods book too, but just using the chord symbols for the bass rather than version I or version II. In the past I’ve also used a mixture of I and II.

    Philippa mcauliffe on #158088

    I try and do a bit before school, about an hour when I get home and then Mummy usually plays with me if she is not at the hospital

    Karen Johns on #158089

    Whew! And three hours later and I’m all done with that mini-concert! Went well, got lots of compliments & tips. It’s so much fun spreading holiday cheer by sharing the beauty of the harp with others. What a wonderful evening :-)

    Now, onto some playtime music- I’m thinking to tackle ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ next, and polish up ‘Arabian Dance/We Three Kings’ medley, both from Sylvia Woods.



    Philippa mcauliffe on #158090

    In the Bleak Midwinter is my granny’s favourite carol so I know that one.

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