Ray Pool

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Carols from Around the World
Vol. 1

Carols from Around the World
Vol. 2

Carols from Around the World
Arranged by Ray Pool

for Lever or Pedal Harp without exception

volume 1 (2010)

Austria   Still, Still, Still
Czechoslovakia   Come, All Ye Shepherds; Rocking
England   Away in a Manger; In the Bleak Midwinter; The Holly and the Ivy
Ireland   The Snow Lay on the Ground
Poland   Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; Lullaby, Jesus; O Come Rejoicing

You can see and hear a medley selected from these carols on YouTube.

volume 2 (2011)

Canada   The Huron Carol
Germany   Good Christian Men, Rejoice; O Christmas Tree
Italy   Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle
France   The Sleep of the Infant Jesus; Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle; March of the Three Kings; Pat-a-pan
Spain    Fum, Fum, Fum; The Icy December

You can see and hear a medley selected from these carols on YouTube.

These arrangements are playable on both lever and/or pedal harp. There are very few harmonic adjustments, but all are indicated according to the standards of both types of harp.

Fingerings are judiciously provided for ease in sight reading or for study purposes in teaching. These are excellent repertoire for those who play parties, receptions and other public venues.

A set of lead sheets is included at the back of the collection. They are complete with rehearsal letters, repeat signs, interludes and multi-measure rests. These can be used by any other instrumentalist such as flute, violin, cello, guitar or keyboard. Permission is given to copy the leadsheets for additional instruments



Ballads by Burns

Ballads by Burns
arranged by Ray Pool
for Lever or Pedal Harp without exception

Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon
Comin' Through the Rye *
Scots Wha' Hae' *
My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose
Auld Lang Syne

These arrangements are playable on both lever and/or pedal harp. Lever harps can use open tunings of either C or E flat Major since the key signatures of the arrangements are only G and D Major – playable in both systems.

The arrangements are all diatonic with the exception of an ornamental lever / pedal slide in "Comin' Through the Rye." Complete fingering is provided for ease in sight reading or for study purposes in teaching. These are excellent repertoire for those who play parties, receptions and other public venues.

* These arrangements are recorded on YouTube:

"Comin' Thru the Rye"
"Scots Wha' Hae' "


Come, Come Ye Saints
Come, Come Ye Saints

Come, Come Ye Saints
A collection of fifty hymns of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lead Sheet or Fake Book format
edited by Ray Pool

The selections taken are important hymns from the Mormon tradition. Their format includes:

(A) a melody line
(B) chord symbols
(C) editings for harmonic adjustment on either lever or
pedal harp, simultaneously
(D) the first verse of lyrics.

In Category 1, each melody note is either the root, third or fifth of a diatonic triad. On the dominant chord in the key signature there may be a fourth note – the seventh. This is identified by a chord symbol such as “G7.”

In Category 2, in addition to the chords mentioned above, there are also “non-harmonic” tones. They are identified as neighboring notes, passing tones and accented passing tones.

In Category 3, chords from outside the key signature are used. These are called a “secondary” or “borrowed” dominant.

The list of entries includes the following:

Abide with Me!
Angels We Have Heard on High
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Come unto Jesus
Come, Come, Ye Saints
Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice
Come, O Thou King of Kings
Come, Ye Children of the Lord
Come, Ye Disconsolate
Did You Think to Pray?
Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains
Father in Heaven
For the Beauty of the Earth
For the Strength of the Hills
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand
God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray
He Is Risen!
High on the Mountain Top
How Firm a Foundation
How Gentle God’s Commands
How Great the Wisdom and the Love
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
I Need Thee Every Hour
I Stand All Amazed
I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
In Humility, Our Savior
In Hymns of Praise
Israel, Israel, God Is Calling
Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Joseph Smith’s First Prayer
Joy to the World!
Lead, Kindly Light
Let Us All Press On
Now Let Us Rejoice
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O My Father
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel
Redeemer of Israel
Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
Silent Night
Sweet Is the Work
The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Spirit of God
There Is a Green Hill Far Away
We Ever Pray for Thee
Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded


6 Celtic Hymns

6 Celtic Hymns
arranged by Ray Pool
for pedal harp
for lever harp tuned in E flat
for lever harp tuned in C

Ar hyd y nos
St. Columba
Amazing Grace

These are diatonic arrangements requiring no pedal or lever changes outside the key signature. "Amazing Grace" uses the pentatonic glissando and does require levers or pedals to be set before playing. They do not change in the course of the piece.

The six arrangements are given in two sets of key signatures to allow for lever harps that are tuned in E flat Major, open strings, or C Major, open strings.

All arrangements can be played on pedal harp, without exception.



Fifty Themes and Melodies for Every Harpist
A fakebook collected and edited
by Ray Pool

This uses a new format of "enhanced lead sheets" which consists of

  1. Clearly edited melody lines with full fingering
  2. Accompanied by chord inversions within a ten-string range similar to chording on a guitar
  3. Chord inversions are indicated by a second note placed beneath the melody line in a reduced size with its stem pointing down.
  4. Entries are indicated by levels of complexity with (*) (**) or (***) in the index .
  5. Key signatures are confined to C Major / A minor and G Major / E minor.
  6. Only four entries require lever movements which are clearly marked.
  7. Five pages of harmonic instruction and performance suggestions.
  8. Perfect repertoire for those who wish to play in the hospital / hospice / nursing home environment.
Titles in the collection:
I Know Where I'm Goin'
I Gave My Love a Cherry
Aura Lee

All Through the Night
Cockles and Mussels
Loch Lomond
Down By the Salley Gardens
The Harp That Once

Lullaby (Brahms)
The Farmer in the Dell
This Old Man
I'm a Little Teapot
London Bridge

Jesus Loves Me
The King of Love
Fairest Lord Jesus
Old Hundredth
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Amazing Grace

Jacob's Ladder
Kum Ba Yah
Lord, I Want To Be a Christian
Let Us Break Bread Together
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Creator of the Stars of Night
Humbly I Adore Thee

Shalom Chaverim
Hinnei Mah Tov
Candle Blessing
Erev Shel Shoshanim
Chanuka Chag Ya'fe

Silent Night
Away in a Manger
Angels We Have Heard On High

Un bel di vedremo
O! mio babbino caro
Musetta's Song

Sonata in C (Haydn)
Sheep May Safely Graze
Rondo in C (Clementi)
To a Wild Rose
Polovetzian Dance #1
Air ("Water Music")
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

You can see and hear a demonstration of the method of playing from "Enhanced Lead Sheets" in this collection at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWULv0NLquc

An educational audio CD of the entire repertoire in this collection can be sampled with eleven tracks of underscoring at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUpibX1Ddyw


Hymn Accompaniments
for all Harpists

Hymn Accompaniments
For All Harpists

Arranged by Ray Pool

In two volumes, each with 4 Popular Hymns
with Organ harmonizations
and Handbell accents (2 octaves / 4 ringers)

Volume 1: Advent / Christmas
  • Veni Emmanuel (O come, O come, Emmanuel)
  • Mueller (Away in a manger)
  • Three Kings (We three Kings of Orient are)
  • Adeste Fidelis (O come, all ye faithful)
Volume 2: Lent / Easter
  • Hamburg (When I survey the wondrous cross)
  • Wondrous Love (What wondrous love is this, O my soul)
  • Diademata (Crown Him with many crowns)
  • Easter Hymn (Jesus Christ is risen today)


The Crystal Spring

The Crystal Spring
15 English Folksongs for Lever or Pedal Harp
Arranged by Ray Pool

The Crystal Spring
My Bonny, Bonny Boy
High Germany
The Seeds of Love
Sweet Lovely Joan
The Sprig of Thyme
Brimbledon Fair
The Watchet Sailor

The Sweet Primroses
My Boy Willie
Farewell Nancy
Botany Bay
O No, John!
Sweet William
The Keeper



3 Christmas Medleys

3 Christmas Medleys
Arranged by Ray Pool

Separate editions for Lever and Pedal Harp

Medley 1:
  • The First Nowell
  • It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  • Away In A Manger
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Silent Night
Medley 2:
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Coventry Carol
  • Of The Father's Love Begotten
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  • We Three Kings
  • What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
Medley 3:
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • He Is Born (Il Est N& Le Divin Enfant)
  • Ding Dong! Merrily On High
  • Here We Come A-Wassailing
  • Deck The Halls


Hymns & Harmony

Hymns & Harmony
One Hundred Hymn Tunes in Lead Sheet Format
edited for both lever and pedal harp

by Ray Pool

A methodical approach to lead sheet performance using hymn tunes common to the current editions of Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational and Lutheran hymnals.

Tunes are organized according to five different categories of music composition. Accompanying text gives a complete explanation of these categories with performance suggestions. This collection contains four indexes for easy reference according to: (1) Hymntune; (2) First line of text; (3) Key signature; and, (4) musical category according to text instructions. 126 pages including text, $30.

Adeste Fidelis
Adoro Te Devot
Amazing Grace
Ar Hyd Y Nos
Ave Virgo Virginum
Balm in Gilead
Bread of Life
Conditor Alme Siderum
Cradle Song
Crusader's Hymn
Cwm Rhondda
Darwell's 148th
Divinium Mysterium
Dominus Regit Me
Duke Street
Easter Hymn
Ein' Feste Burg
Es Ist Ein' Ros'
Festal Song
Gaudeamus Pariter
Go Tell It
God Rest You Merry
Grosser Gott
Herzliebster Jesu
I Want To Be A Christian
In Dulci Jubilo
Italian Hymn
Jesus Loves Me
Kum Ba Yah
Land of Rest
Lasst Uns Erfreuen
Laudes Domini
Lobe Den Herren
Lonesome Valley
New Britain
Nan Dank. All' & Br. Ehr'
Nun Danket Alle Gott
Old Hundredth
Regent Square
Royal Oak
Sicilian Mariners
St. Agnes
St. Anne
St. Catherine
St. Columba
St. Denio
St. Elizabeth
St. George's Windsor
St. Peter
St. Theodulph
St. Thomas
Stille Nacht
Tallis' Canon
Tallis' Ordinal
Tempus Adest Floridum
Terra Beata
Terra Patris
The First Nowell
Three Kings of Orient
Valet Will Ich Dir Geben
Veni Veni Emmanuel
Venite Adoramus
W Zlobie Lezy
Winchester Old
Wondrous Love


The Harpist's Fake Book

The Harpist's Fake Book
50 Standards in lead sheet notation for pedal harp
by Ray Pool

About A Quarter To Nine
Ain't Misbehavin'
All The Way
Am I Blue?
Anniversary Song
April Showers
As Long As He Needs Me
Bidin' My Time
Body And Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Chances Are
Days of Wine and Roses
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Embraceable You
Everybody Loves Somebody
Fools Rush In
Go Away Little Girl
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I Want To Be Happy
I'll See You Again
If You Were The Only Girl In The World

It's All In The Game
It's Been A Long, Long Time
Killing Me Softly
La Vie En Rose
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
Lover Come Back To Me
M*A*S*H (Song from)
Mountain Greenery
My Heart Stood Still
Rhythm Of The Rain
Secret Love
September In The Rain
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Somebody Loves Me
Someone To Watch Over Me
Stranger On The Shore
Tea For Two
Three Coins In The Fountain
Time After Time
Where Is Love?
Wonderful, Wonderful


American Classic Pop,
Vol. 1


American Classic Pop Vol. 1
12 Broadway Standards
Arranged for Lever Harp by Ray Pool

Where Or When
Love Walked In
Look To The Rainbow
My Funny Valentine
Falling In Love With Love
How Are Things In Glocca Morra
My Cup Runneth Over
They Were You
C'est Magnifique
Try To Remember


American Classic Pop,
Vol. 2

American Classic Pop Vol. 2
The Songs of George and Ira Gershwin
Arranged for Lever Harp by Ray Pool

'S Wonderful
But Not For Me
Do, Do, Do
Bidin' My Time
I've Got A Crush On You
I Got Rhythm
Love Is Here to Stay
Clap Yo' Hands
Someone To Watch Over Me
Oh, Lady Be Good
Embraceable You
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off


Tea At The Waldorf,
Vol 1

Tea At The Waldorf Vol. 1
10 American Standards for pedal harp
Solo Arrangements by Ray Pool

Ain't Misbehavin'
Body and Soul
It's Been a Long, Long Time
Everybody Loves Somebody
I Want To Happy
Time After Time
Chances Are
Tea For Two
Don't Get Around Much Anymore


Tea At The Waldorf,
Vol 2

Tea At The Waldorf Vol. 2
10 American Standards for pedal harp
Solo Arrangements by Ray Pool

Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Days Of Wine And Roses
Rhythm In The Rain
Fools Rush In
La Vie En Rose
Somebody Loves Me
Lover, Come Back To Me
Secret Love


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
10 Holiday Standards for pedal harp
by Ray Pool

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The Little Drummer Boy
Sleigh Ride
I'll Be Home For Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Winter Wonderland
Silver Bells
The Christmas Song
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town


SOUTH PACIFIC - Medley for Two Pedal Harps
South Pacific

South Pacific
A Medley for Two Pedal Harps
Arranged by Ray Pool

Some Enchanted Evening
Happy Talk
Bali Ha'i