Printable Sheet Music for Piano Harp Ballad
Printable sheet music for piano, Harp Ballad, is beautiful and energetic.
This free download will be one of your piano students' favorites for a long time - and it is full of technique for beginners!
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Don't start at the beginning
Start with the easiest part!
I teach my students this piece as three separate sections, perfecting each part before moving on to the next.
Part 2 is the hardest and part 3 is the easiest, so we start at the end.
Usually that is the way we do it, because this printable sheet music for piano is frequently a reward or incentive for learning how to do the "broken chord stretch."
Part 3 starts halfway down page 2 (measure 18) with repeated "stretch" chords of Am, G, F, Em, and a simple melody that repeats over and over.
But because of the changing chords, the melody notes build emotion, rather than seeming repetitious.
Please scroll down the page for the link to the printable PDF.
When to give this piece to your students
When my students are able to play Mary Had a Little Lamb with the broken chord stretch in all keys, they are ready to start part 3 of this beautiful printable sheet music for piano.
Sometimes they have trouble moving the final open Em chord along; I tell them not to worry about connecting the notes, because the pedal does that... the notes of the final chord need to spring.
Demonstrate the left hand fingers jumping 5 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1, without clinging to the thumb on that "E".
Part 1 is second in order of learning
The stretched position of the right hand, covering the 6th from "E" to "C" may be new for your student.
Don't worry about the ornament in measure 7; I always save the trill or turn in measure 7 and also measure 17 for after the piece is learned, memorized, and well in hand.
The best part is the last one to learn
Part 2 is last. It is also the most thrilling part to play, but it can be very difficult to coordinate the hands.
My students have had very good results using the fingering shown... I tell them a good goal is to be able to play this section hands separate with closed eyes, and then they will be very secure in their fingering.
A beautiful Celtic song
Here is Laurie Riley playing this song, whose Celtic harp recording "Double Image" with Michael McBean was the inspiration for this arrangement.
The real name of this traditional tune, apparently, is "Are You Sleeping, Maggie."
Enjoy this piece -- it will make your students work hard!
The link to the piano song Harp Ballad:
Download printable sheet music for piano Harp Ballad
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