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the holiday season comes along, I have mixed feelings about learning
those darned Christmas tunes yet again. However, as soon as I start
the process, I fall in love with them. Christmas tunes are very clever,
with such great melodies and chord progressions. They are fun to play
but can be difficult to arrange and learn. My goal with this book is
to make the arrangements interesting, yet easy to learn in a season.
Then, you can forget them when the new year comes around and easily
relearn them again at the end of the year.
Some of these tunes you don’t find in music books for the harp
because most of them were written in the 20th century by some very
prominent composers, and they are still under copyright restrictions.
Publishing rights can be very expensive, but I really want to make
these tunes available to you, so I am going ahead on this project
regardless of how much it may cost. Below is Earl working on the
I also include some fun facts about the tunes, which you can share
with your audiences.
The Tunes include:
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
In the Bleak Midwinter
We Have Heard On High
Little Drummer Boy
the Red-nosed Reindeer
Comes Santa Claus
to the World
Claus is Comin' to Town
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
Dong Merrily On High
Frosty the Snowman
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Medley: O Christmas Tree/We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Still Still Still
"I just received my order of 2 Christmas music books -
Season's Greetings and Tis the Season - and I love them both! Both
are easy enough for me to pretty much sight read (some will take a
bit more work) -- which I was looking for, as easy go-to choices for
many holiday venues. But so many "easy" arrangements
are so diluted as to be not very much fun to play or hear; however,
your arrangements are so sensitive and lovely - and retain the flavor
and harmonies of these old friends in beautiful ways. Thank you for
your creative and insightful arrangements! I'm very glad to have them."
Your fan forever,
"I've always liked your arrangements, and I use
quite a few of them from your other Christmas book, so I'm looking
forward to this one. I have other arrangements of most of these pieces,
but there's just something about yours that make them interesting and
accessible at the same time. I also like playing different arrangements
back-to-back, so in my opinion, more is better!"
Great arrangements of many of the more modern Christmas
tunes we don't find arranged for lever harp. Most are under copyright,
so Sharon put not only her time and talent into producing this book,
but also a substantial financial investment. What a great contribution
to lever harp repertoire! Kudos, Sharon!
These arrangements are well done. Some are very easy. Some
have a few challenging lever changes - that's the nature of pop music. Some
have passages of parallel 6ths that could require some practicing. Many
have introductions that you will really enjoy playing. Sharon has done
a lovely job at making these tunes delightful for player and listener.
Afghan Press/Melody Traditional Music/Mary Radspinner
Just want you to know that I have been working on White Christmas all morning. It’s a great arrangement. Finger friendly and even
the lever shifts just fit right in with the flow of the music. I have
been playing the song with the metronome all morning. “Slowlier” (thank
you Alfredo) and just letting it get into my head and hands. But I
wanted to say Thanks for your efforts in getting this cool piece out
to the harp world.
I received my Christmas music today. So happy you suggested I buy “White
Christmas.” It is right at my level and a lovely arrangement
to boot. Thanks.
I have to share with you
the discussion hubby and I had this morning. He is the one that encouraged
me to get your book even though I have lots of Christmas
music. It is beautiful, and I've been working on some of it for
2 years and still can't play publicly, although I do enjoy it myself.
I thanked him for encouraging me, and then explained to him that Sharon's
music is 'sight readable' for me, and it takes all the pressure off
of Christmas playing. A couple of days of run through and I
will be able to present something decent and delightful with her gift
of harmonies and rhythm. I played White Christmas for him this morning,
(it's lovely by the way!) and then told him I bought it two days
So thank YOU for sharing!!
Have a wonderful December, and hopefully keep the stress to a minimum!
Another note from Lorraine: I also wanted to tell you, and I don't
even know if you realize it, but you are printing your music nice and
big! My eyesight is starting to fade with cataracts etc. and sometimes
I really have to squint to read, but never with yours! ...nice big
black notes that I can see. :-)
Go back to Books, CD's
or go toA Rose in Winter
The Singing Tree
Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Dance Thru the Music
Where the Fingers Fall
'Tis the Season
Waltz Upon a Time
Cabin Fever for Two
The Lone Egret
Moon Over the Mountain
Sunset on Seattle
Under the Double Rainbow
Fiddlin' Around on the Harp
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