Lead Sheet Tutorials

and supporting free sheet music music
by Barbara Ann Fackler

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Common Chords PDF This is a chart of the chords that ocurr naturally in keys commonly used by lever harps. If you are new to reading lead sheets, this reference guide will help you to be sure whether or not the chords you need include accidentals (notes outside the key signature). You can handle accidentals one of two ways: either omit the note or change the lever to accomodate it, remembering to return your harp to the key signature as soon as possible.

Christmas Music Tutorial

Christmas music lead sheet tutorial PDF   This is a tutorial for people new to reading lead sheets. It offers a brief introduction to lead sheets and presumes basic knowledge of note reading, key signatures and time signatures.  If you are new to reading lead sheets, grab the Common Chords chart as well.

Three Christmas Lullabies lead sheet (version 1)PDF   The tutorial refers to this lead sheet which contains three Christmas lullabies in lead sheet format (melody and chords).  The chords on this lead sheet are all in root position, which is easier for novices. It includes only the lullabies, not the interludes, intro and coda. This sheet music is free to download at no cost.

Three Christmas Lullabies
PDF
(sheet music for solo harp)  

This full arrangement offers a realization of the three lullaby melodies for those who need a few more ideas to get started. The harmony in the 4th bar of Wiegenlied of this full arrangement is different than version one of the lead sheet, which includes only root position chords. While the tutorial suggests using a four bar phrase as the introduction, interludes and coda, you'll find that this version adds one "extra" measure to one of the interludes than the tutorial suggests.  As you work out your own version, remember that the length of the introduction and connecting phrases is subjective. They may be as long or short as you wish and you may decide not to include any at all. Also included is a brief tutorial about inverted chords.

Three Christmas Lullabies advanced lead sheet (version 2) PDF    This lead sheet matches the chords used in the full arrangement and includes some inversions. It includes only the lullabies, not the interludes, intro and coda. This harp sheet music is downloadable at no cost.       

Three Christmas Lullabies (version 3) PDF
This is the advanced version fit more tightly on the page creating a 2 page version. No page turns.  NEW 12/13/08

Three Christmas Lullabies 
    A harp duo version is available from Pretty Quick Music.  See the Harp Ensemble page for more information or to order the sheet music for this version.
free downloadable harp sheet music
Waves of the Danube/Anniversary Song Lead Sheet Tutorial

Annette Bjorling's  solo harp arrangement of the Anniversary Song (sometimes known as the Anniversary Waltz) is the basis for this lead sheet tutorial.  Both the solo version and lead sheet were created with lever harp in mind but each works for pedal harp as well.  If you are new to reading lead sheets, grab the chord chart at the top of this page.

Waves of Danube lead sheet and tutorial PDF for lever (or pedal) harp

Annette's solo harp arrangement PDF


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The Lead Sheet Tutorials by Barbara Ann Fackler are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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