Sylvia Woods Harp Center 
November 2016 Newsletter
Sylvia   A Personal Note from Sylvia
The holiday season is here, and life is getting hectic.  So take a few minutes out of your busy schedule . . . sit down with your harp . . . and play . . . just for the JOY of it!

Remember the amazing feeling you had when you played the harp for the first time?  Recapture that awe . . . and then share it with the world!

I'll be giving two Christmas Sing-Along with Harps concerts here on Kauai the first weekend of December.  If you know anyone who will be on Kauai then, spread the word.  You can find the information at

Happy Thanksgiving to you all,

Sylvia Woods
ThronesGame of Thrones
Game of Thrones PDF
I'm pleased to announce that I have finally received permission to publish my harp arrangements of Ramin Djawadi's dramatic theme from the HBO Series The Game of Thrones.

I have created two arrangements for advanced beginner to intermediate harp players, and both are included in this PDF.
#1. The first version is for harps with 2 octaves below middle C. The range is 30 strings from D up to E.
#2. The second version is for smaller harps with 1 octave below middle C, requiring 23 strings D up to E.

Both arrangements are in the key of G (1 sharp), and need a G# lever change. If you don't have the required G lever, or you prefer to play without having to change levers, you can omit measures 5 through 8.

Each arrangement is 4 pages long, for a total of 8 pages of music. Fingerings and chord symbols are included.

As usual, the PDF is for sale RIGHT NOW!  And the printed sheet music will be available  in December. You can listen to mp3s of both arrangements on the product pages.

P.S. The Game of Thrones is NOT part of this month's 15% off sale.
arranger1950s Update
Last month, I asked you to send in your suggestions of songs from the 1950s for my upcoming book.  You guys were awesome and sent in over 200 song requests!

I'm currently working on arrangements for 5 of the top 10 suggestions:
Devoted to You - Everly Brothers
How Much is that Doggie in the Window - Patti Page
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing - The Four Aces
Que Sera, Sera - Doris Day
Scarlet Ribbons - Jo Stafford, Harry Belafonte, and The Browns

I found it very interesting that the remaining 5 of your top 10 suggestions were actually pieces that I have already arranged in previous books! 
Let It Be Me - 22 Romantic Songs
Tammy - 22 Romantic Songs
Mickey Mouse March - 76 Disney Songs
Ballad of Davy Crockett - 76 Disney Songs
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis 1962 - Groovy Songs of the 60s

To help you out, all three of these books are included in this month's sale! (See below.)

Don't forget that you all promised not to bug me about when this book would be done.  Once I finish creating and typesetting the arrangements, it takes several months to get all the copyright permissions.  So, right now, it is looking like the spring of 2017. I'll keep you posted.

There's still time to send in your requests.  What are your favorite 50's songs?  Email your suggestions to, and I'll consider adding them to this fun collection.  I make no promises, but you might get lucky!  Please email me directly using "1950" as the email subject.  Please do not reply to this newsletter.  That makes my life MUCH easier.   (Please check to be sure your requests are really from the 1950s.) Thanks!
thisMonthsSaleThis Month's Sale
This month's sale features the three books with music that many of you requested from the 1950s (or, accidentally the 1960s), and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

To get the 15% discount, enter the code word hallelujah in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code" by November 30, 2016. For more information, see the 15% Off section at the bottom of this newsletter.   
22 Romantic Songs
Regular price: $24.95
15% off with hallelujah code

The 22 romantic songs in this collection span from the 1920s through the 1980s.  The selections from the 1950s are Tammy, Let It Be Me, and A Summer Place.    
Regular price: $36.95
15% off with hallelujah code

The 1950's songs in his vast collection include music from  Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Westward Ho the Wagons!  Also, the Mickey Mouse March, Ballad of Davy Crockett, and the Zorro theme.
Regular price: $29.95
15% off with hallelujah code

Feelin' groovy? Sylvia Woods' spiffy collection of 40 songs from the 1960s will inspire you to put on your embroidered bell-bottoms and wear some flowers in your hair. It includes Elvis' Can't Help Falling In Love.
Leonard Cohen passed away this month.  In his memory, my arrangement of Hallelujah is also on sale when you use the hallelujah promo code through November 30, 2016.  
Sheet Music #5585b
PDF #p5585
Regular price: $7.95 - 15% off with hallelujah code 
RobinTraveling with your Harpsicle
Every week or so, I get an email from someone asking if they really can take their Harpsicle ┬« harp on an airplane.  My Skype student Meredith Lowder from New York takes her Fullsicle everywhere, and her photos are often featured on the Harpsicle Harps Instagram page.  So I asked her to write up some travel tips for you.

When I first began traveling with my Harpsicle┬« Harp, I started with short trips; softball games, the lake, a park, the barn... Just short jaunts to get used to the handy mobility of a smaller harp. I occasionally forgot items like tuning keys and sheet music so on the advice of my teacher, Sylvia, I bought extra tuners and keep one in my carry case (all the time) and in my glove compartment.  I learned to upload music to the Cloud (I use Dropbox for all my music in PDF format and load it into iAnnotate or PDF Expert on my iPad ).
This way I always have access to my music and I don't worry about papers blowing. I also have a tuning app on my phone as well. When I drive someplace with my harp, I usually place it in the back seat with the strap of the soft carry-case looped over the head-rest and the seat belt across the body. A sweatshirt or towel provides extra security and padding.

I have flown approximately 15 times with my harp all over the US and abroad. I did check the dimensions of carry-on items for Southwest & Jet Blue for my harp (without the case). I have never had a problem although my harp did exceed the length dimension by a centimeter or two. (Many passengers carry guitars and these are usually not checked at the gate.) The most important thing is to get on the plane early and try for an aisle seat . If you get on by row number, get a number in the rear of the plane.   For Southwest, I paid $12.50 for an early boarding and then an additional $40 at the gate to get in the first 15 passengers to board the plane (probably overkill but worth the peace of mind). This ensures you have the time and room to get your harp situated safely before the other passengers board.

I place the harp in the overhead bin with the back of the harp (the soundbox) against the back wall, the neck along the side wall (varies depending upon which side of the plane you're on), and levers up. Carry a sweater or sweatshirt for padding and a small knapsack or tote. Limit how much you carry on: I stick to my harp and a knapsack/soft tote. I sit in the aisle seat and I pull out what I need for the flight (Nook, iPad etc) and place them in a plastic bag under the seat or in the seat pocket.

I leave the knapsack (shown here with blue and pink trim) along the thinner part of the harp to block people from putting anything heavy on the harp. I help people place their suitcases immediately to the side of the harp so people are less inclined to put anything on top. People (including flight attendants) are usually very helpful and friendly. I have actually had people offer me sweaters and jackets to pad the harp when I told them what it was. If it is a cold weather flight, you'll have tons of clothes to use. The attendants have never asked me what is in the case; although I do occasionally carry magazines for the airline attendants as a "peace offering."

I did have the TSA Agents ask me to play a quick tune once, more for their amusement than security concerns.  I've gotten used to people asking for selfies or wanting to pose with me and my harp. I've taken my harp on deep-sea fishing boats, to the ocean, on cruise ships, and photographing wild horses out west. It's become a natural addition to what we pack for our family trips.

-- Meredith Lowder

Editor's note: Be sure to check out the interview with the Harpsicle people in the November/December 2016 issue of the amazing Harp Column magazine.  If you don't have a subscription to this awesome magazine . . . GET ONE!  You can also read the article on the Harp Column website.  If you click on the large photo at the top of that page, and scroll through the photos, you'll see another picture of Meredith playing her harp on a boat . . . along with lots of great photos of Harpsicles all over the world. - Sylvia

promocodes15% off select sale items when you use the code word: hallelujah

Our newsletter promo codes are only redeemable on-line, and can only be used for the books and PDFs featured in the sale section of this newsletter. They are not valid for phone or e-mail orders. This month's code word is hallelujah and it is good for 15% off the 4 books, sheets and PDFs 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 hallelujah 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 hallelujah in the Promo Code box
and click "Enter Code" on your shopping cart page by November 30
to get the discount!
If you forget, or if you have trouble adding it to your order,
email us immediately .   

offer expires at the end of the day on 11/30/2016.
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