Sylvia Woods Harp Center
2012 Newsletter

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newA Personal Note from Sylvia Woods:
New Arrangement from "The Hunger Games"


Safe and Sound Safe & Sound is a beautiful lullaby sung by Taylor Swift in The Hunger Games movie. It was written by Taylor Swift along with T. Bone Burnett, John Paul White, and Joy Williams.

I've just completed an arrangement of this popular piece for advanced beginners.  It is in the key of G with fingerings and lyrics. There are no lever changes. It can be played on 26-string harps, such as the Harpsicle, if you play everything an octave higher than written. 

Safe & Sound is now available on our website as a PDF download.  I hope you enjoy playing this lovely piece!

personalNew Books  


Shall We Gather CDHere are two new products we've added to our website this past month.

Shall We Gather is a compilation of hymns and soulful airs from some of Kim Robertson's previous CDs.  This beautiful recording is perfect for contemplative times.
Salzedo Sketches harp book
Sketches for Harpist Beginners. These pieces by Carlos Salzedo were composed in the 1940s and 1950s.  This new edition includes both of the Sketches books in 1 volume.  You'll save $6 off the previous price of the 2 individual volumes.

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salePre-Holiday Music Sale
Save 15%


The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! 

This month's sale will help you prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.  Many of the books are by Deborah Friou, with a few extra surprises thrown in for fun!

The following products are on sale at through September 30, 2012.  To get the 15% discount enter the code word puzzle in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code". For more information, see the "Save 15%" section at the bottom of this newsletter.
  Kum Ba Yah
sheet music by Deborah Friou

Kum Ba Yah for harp
This lovely Nigerian hymn, Kum Ba Yah, has been a favorite for many years. Here's a rhythmic, fun arrangement for intermediate to advanced harp players by Deborah Friou. It is in the key of G with fingerings. 2 pages.


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Auld Lang Syne sheet music by Deborah Friou  

Herald in the New Year with this Celtic version of the melody interwoven with the more familiar one. Arranged by Deborah Friou for intermediate players in the key of C with fingerings, no lever changes. 2 pages.


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This traditional English carol, also known as The Praise of Christmas, is a lovely melodic addition to your winter repertoire. For intermediate and advanced harp players. In a C tuning with fingerings, no lever or pedal changes. 


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Yuletide Treasure Book by  
Yuletide Treasures book  
This book is a collection of carols and tunes for the winter season from the British Isles arranged by Deborah Friou and Julia Lane. Included are arrangements from their Yuletide Treasure CD. All of the pieces have been arranged for harp solo. In addition, there are over a dozen arrangements for harp duet, or harp and melody instrument. For intermediate to advanced players. Most of the pieces are in C or sharp keys, with a few using one flat.


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The Yuletide Treasures CD  and the book & CD set are also included in this sale.   
 Of Rhymes and Seasons book by Marlene Shepard Ledet

Of Rhymes and Seasons harp book
This beginning book for children features large, easy-to-read notes, with placing brackets and fingerings. Most of the pieces have lyrics, making them easier for children to learn. There are 5 traditional Christmas songs. The remaining pieces were written by the author, Marlene Shepard Ledet to teach particular techniques. Many songs are about holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day. 32 pages, paper-bound. Pieces include Black Cats, Pumpkin Pies, Turkeys Gobble, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, and more!
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Harpy Halloween book and CD by Julie Gaisford Keyes 

Harp Halloween Book
This fun book includes 13 "Spooktacular Songs" that teach many of the "cool" special effects you can do on the harp: putting paper in the strings, tuning key slide, vibrato on the strings, "hooting" in the back of your harp like an owl, and dozens more! Each effect is explained in detail, and there is also a chart with over 30 symbols. A bag of tools is included to make the special effects. This is a fun way to introduce harp effects to players at all levels who are "young at heart." The pieces can be played on a pedal harp or on a lever harp with a full set of sharping levers.


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winnerReview-It winner


This month's Review-It winner is Judy from Ohio for her review of Denise Grupp-Verbon's Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp book. 

Finger Puzzles book"This book has been so good for my technique. A few minutes with this book each practice session strengthens my skill in placing and getting to the strings without so many buzzes. I keep my laptop by my harp with the CD so I can use it each practice. Highly recommended."

Judy Here's what Judy told us about herself.
 "I was profoundly affected by a harp about 6 years ago. I was at work (as clinical dietitian) and heard some beautiful, peaceful music coming from the waiting room of the Radiation Oncology department. A harp therapy student was performing in the lobby. I felt the lifting of my spirits and when I went to investigate, I noticed the patients waiting there had more peaceful countenances. Many of them commented how nice it was. I went home that night and told my husband that I had an "aah haa" moment that day and I needed to learn to play the harp. Much to my surprise he thought it was a good idea! I followed my heart, found a great teacher, rented a harp for several months, and then bought my own. Now I continue to have a passion for this remarkable instrument. I play for a variety of venues, church, hospice, weddings, hospitals, funerals, chamber of commerce. My great joy is to observe the peace that my harp brings to others."

Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp is on sale at through September 30, 2012.  To get the 15% discount enter the code word puzzle in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code". For more information, see the "Save 15%" section at the bottom of this newsletter.
reviewWin 20 harp dollars with our Review-It contest
Review It Winner LogoShare your thoughts about the wonderful products offered on our website and you could win $20 towards your next online purchase. It's easy. Here's all you do:
#1. Go to the product page of your favorite product.
#2. Click on "Write Your Own Review," which you'll find right below the product name and number.
#3. Fill out the form to write and submit your review.

That's all there is to it! Each newsletter will announce our most recent "REVIEW-IT" winner. You can review as many products as you'd like. Each review you submit will give you another chance to win.  Go to and start reviewing!

Save 15%
codeOur newsletter promo codes are only redeemable on-line, and can only be used for the products featured in the sale section of this newsletter. They are not valid for phone, fax, e-mail, or in-store orders. This month's code word is puzzle and it is good for 15% off the select products featured above.


Here's how to get your newsletter discount at 

#1. Put the items you want to purchase in your cart. 
#2. On the page where you view the items in your cart, type this month's code word puzzle in the "Promo Code" box, and click on "Enter Code."
The actual price of the featured sale products on this page will then automatically change to reflect the discount. You'll also see a note below the Promo Code box saying the name of the promo code you entered, and the percentage amount of the discount.  


REMEMBER:  you must enter the this month's code word puzzle in the Promo Code box and click "Enter Code" on your shopping cart page by September 30, 2012 to get the discount!
If you forget, or if you have trouble adding it to your order,
email us immediately.  
Offer Expires: September 30, 2012
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