Beginner Christmas Music for Harp

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    Hannah White on #230394

    Easy-late beginner. Christmas solos or collections for solo harp? Favorites?

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    wil-weten on #230408

    Start with this Google question:

    christmas site:harpcolumn.com/forums/

    And then you will find lots of great Christmas music for the harp and tips to play them.


    Participant
    Veronika on #230409

    I remember having a problem trying to find something suitable. You might want to have a look at piano arrangements, they are often playable on the harp and there is a lot more choice.


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    andy-b on #230412

    If you’re looking at easy/late beginner, Sylvia Woods’ 50 Christmas Carols for all Harps is a staple. It comes either hard copy or PDF, and has two arrangements of each carol.

    https://www.harpcenter.com/product/50-christmas-carols-sylvia-woods/

    Cheers,
    Andy


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    wil-weten on #230414

    Agree with andy-b. Many moons ago, I started playing Woods’ album with Christmas songs when I just had a couple of months of harp lessons. I still like them.

    I love Suzanne Guldimann’s 3 Christmas albums for the lap harp even more. They are nicely arranged and contain both well-known, as well as less well-known Christmas songs.


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    Tanya Hill on #230426

    I definitely agree with Andy’s post above of the 50 Christmas Carols arr by Sylvia Woods! That is a great Christmas book to have is full of lovely easy to play arrangements!

    In addition, on of my favorites is from another collection of hers – I love the Silver Bells arrangement from her ‘Four Holiday Favorites’. It has Silver Bells ( so pretty), Frosty the Snowman, Let it Snow and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (another of my favorites to play!).

    https://www.harpcenter.com/category/s?keyword=four+holiday


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    Biagio on #230444

    All good suggestions, here’s another: Cynthia Shelhart’s “Tunes to Go – 400 Tunes in Lead Sheet Format”. I’ve not counted the number of Christmas tunes but there must be well over a dozen out of the 400 popular tunes.

    Lead sheet format is nice – depending on your ability and venue you can arrange to suit and this also makes it easy to change the key if you don’t want to use what Cynthia indicates.


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    Tanya Hill on #230447

    Biago!!!!!! I had not heard of that book of lead sheets before, so as a side note I am so glad you mentioned it I just purchased it and what a treasure trove of music it is!!!!


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    emma-graham on #230450

    There are some lovely Christmas arrangements at music discoveries by Anne Crosby Gaudet. They are all viewable as a pdf preview and have videos so you can hear the whole thing before buying.
    Christmas Music

    For real beginners my students enjoy this book a lot.

    http://www.alawmusic.com/shop_online/publication_detail.php?p=135

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    Hannah White on #230452

    Thanks everyone for the titles!

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