Sylvia Woods Harp Center
October 2013

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newA Personal Note from Sylvia Woods
Kauai Rainbow

I've now been in Hawaii for exactly 4 weeks. This move has been quite challenging, but things are looking up. I'm beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel . . . and it is a rainbow!

In this past week I've finally gotten my phones and internet set up correctly, the new flooring has been installed in the harp showroom, and the container with all of my stuff has arrived. Since my condo is 3 stories, I'm getting lots of exercise carrying things up and down the stairs! I'm hoping to have everything pretty much unpacked and set up in about another week.

This October newsletter is just squeaking in at the end of the month, since my internet is now working.  Next month, I hope to have photos of my new Hawaiian harp showroom for you!

Even with all the hassles with the phone company, the moving company, and Home Depot, I'm happy to be here in Kauai.  At least once a day I've been taking the 10 minute drive down the hill to my favorite spot on earth, Hanalei Bay.  Once there, I've been walking a mile or two on this gorgeous sandy beach with my feet in the warm water, admiring the awesome view.

Want to see pictures of Hanalei Bay that are much better than I could possibly take?  Check out this Fine Art of America website of photos for sale.  You'll see why I love this bay!

As I've mentioned in the past few issues of this newsletter, my website is still going strong, and I'm here to help you over the phone or by email.  Please feel free to contact me if there's anything I can do to assist you.


P.S. Happy Halloween!
  • Do you live in one of the "black holes" of the universe where there are no harp teachers? 
  • Do you need help getting started on the harp?
  • Do you want to take your playing to the next level? 
  • Does music theory confuse you?
  • Do you need help with technique?
  • Do you want to learn to make your own harp arrangements?
  • Do you want to learn from the woman who "wrote the book"?
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, there is a solution!  Beginning in November, I will once again be giving private harp lessons through Skype. All you need is a computer, a webcam, the Skype software (which you can download for free), and your harp, and you're ready to go!  Skype lessons are $75 an hour, or $40 for 1/2 hour.  You can take a lesson once a week, every other week, once a month, or "whenever you need one." 

No matter where you are in the world, I'm as close as your computer!

Email me at for more information.  I hope to be setting up my fall schedule next week, so now's the time to get on the list. 

Article2Contest Regarding New Books and PDFs 


Billy Joel
In the September issue of this newsletter, I featured the following new books and PDFs.  The response was overwhelming. I'd like to thank all of you who ordered these new (or re-issued) products. 

However, even with all the sales, no one has written any reviews for these great books on my website!  So, I've decided to re-list the books here, and start a new contest.

If you have played the music in any of these books, go to, find the product, click on the "Write your own review" link, and submit your review. We'd all love to know what you think!

Any reviews received by November 30, 2013 will be in my "New Book Review Contest."  I'll pick my favorite review(s) out of all of those submitted.  The winner(s) will get a gift certificate for the amount of the price of the book or PDF they reviewed.  So it will be like getting the music for free!  I'll announce the winner(s) in the December newsletter.

Don't have these books yet?  You still have time to order them and write your review before November 30th.  But don't delay.  Now's the time to buy!

#1. Billy Joel for Harp: 10 Selections for Lever and Pedal Harp arranged by Emily Brecker

This fun new book is hot off the presses this week!   These 10 Billy Joel favorites are for harp players of almost any level, because there are two arrangements of each title. The first, at the intermediate / advanced level, is for pedal harps and large lever harps tuned to E-flat. The second, at the beginner / intermediate level, is intended for small lever harps tuned to C, but can be played on any harp. These easier arrangements contain few, if any, lever changes. Harpist Emily Brecker has kept the arrangements as close as possible to Billy Joel's original songs, as performed on his recordings. There are specific tuning instructions for lever harps in the top left corner of some arrangements. Lever changes are shown with diamond note heads. Pedal markings are located below the bass staff. There are just a few fingerings. Emily has included a useful chart of the symbols and abbreviations she uses in the book. 84 pages of music, paper-bound.  Includes: And So It Goes, Don't Ask Me Why, Honesty, I've Loved These Days, An Innocent Man, The Longest Time, Piano Man, She's Got a Way, You're My Home, and Summer, Highland Falls.
Product #7392b, $16.99

#2. Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone booklet -
2 pieces for pedal harp by John Williams

This pedal harp book is finally back in print!  The package includes 2 separate sheet musics of pieces from the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Fluffy's Harp and Hedwig's Theme. Each piece is 3 pages, and pedal changes are listed. The arrangements are for intermediate to advanced pedal harpists. (Sorry, but these can not be played on a lever harp, they are for PEDAL harp only.)
Product #6925b, $9.95

#3. PDFs of Scottish and Manx music by Rachel Hair Mostly Scottish Harp #1
I'm proud to announce the arrival of 3 books in PDF format by Scottish Celtic harpist and composer, Rachel Hair.

Mostly Scottish Harp, Book 1, and Mostly Scottish Harp, Book 2 include jigs, reels, strathspeys, marches, and slow airs from Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Rachel's own imagination!
Products p7332 and p7333, $14.95 each.

Claasagh, Book 1 Claasagh is a selection of 20 traditional Manx tunes (from the Isle of Man) that was commissioned by the Manx Heritage Foundation. Celtic harpist Rachel Hair has arranged them for beginning to advanced harp players. It includes airs, jigs, slip jigs, reels, lullabies, and a march. Keys range from C to 3 sharps. A few pieces have sharping lever changes, which are notated in the music. Right hand fingerings are usually included the first time a passage appears, but not on repeated phrases or sections. There are no fingerings in the left hand. 33 pages of music.
Product p7334, $14.95
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