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A Treasury of Favorite Songs for Autoharp by Meg Peterson (20050)

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Songs of Christmas for Autoharp
by Meg Peterson and Dan Fox

The songs and ballads in this book include a rich selection of favorite American folk songs, patriotic songs, sentimental songs from the past, and songs from other lands. They have been arranged in the keys that are most suitable for singing, and can be played in a variety of styles using only the words and the accompanying chords. In cases where there are two versions of a particular tune, both have been included. If one version is not well known, however, the most widely used melody is selected.

About the Author
Meg Peterson is the premier Autoharp teacher in the U. S. She has introduced thousands of people-- teachers, students, young and old-- to the delights of this versatile instrument. She has spent the last thirty years collecting and transcribing traditional and innovative ways to play the autoharp, which has resulted in the writing and arranging of thirty books. In her first method book, written in 1965, she introduced her own scoring tablature that has become universal to all autoharp pickers, from beginners to advanced players. Since the autoharp arrived on the musical scene relatively recently, as musical history goes, very few people had learned to do anything with it, except push buttons and stroke. Meg, therefore, invented many of the strums and new techniques shown in her books, using existing guitar and banjo patterns as guidelines, and transcribed them in a way that is playable on the autoharp. As a result, the autoharp has come into its own as an integral and respected part of country and bluegrass combos. Meg has travelled widely, giving workshops as far away as Australia, England, and South Africa, and has been a judge at the Walnut Valley Festial in Winfield, Kansas.
In July 1995 Meg was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame "for her exceptional contribution to the autoharp community." Meg is also a violinist and was educational director of Oscal Schmidt International for 15 years. During that time she worked extensively with music educators, classroom teachers, music therapists and special educators, showing them how to use the autoharp in their teaching programs. Ms. Peterson also served as executive director of Music Education for the Handicapped for six years, during which time she ran three international symposia.

Song List

  • A Hole in the Bucket
  • Amazing Grace
  • Aura Lee
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • Black-Eyed Susie
  • Blow the Man Down
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Careless Love
  • Cindy
  • The Cruel War
  • Down in the Valley
  • Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill!
  • The Erie Canal
  • Foggy, Foggy Dew
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • Goin' to Boston
  • I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
  • John Henry
  • John Brown's Body
  • Little Brown Jug
  • Little Liza Jane
  • Lonesome Road
  • Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
  • Old Joe Clark
  • On Top of Old Smoky
  • Polly-Wolly Doodle
  • Pretty Saro
  • The Riddle Song
  • Rock Island Line
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Shenandoah
  • Sourwood Mountain
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • Tom Dooley
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Yellow Rose of Texas
  • America
  • America the Beautiful
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • The Bonnie Blue Flag
  • The Caisson Song
  • Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
  • Dixie
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Yankee Doodle
  • The Band Played On
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Bicycle Built for Two
  • Camptown Races
  • Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
  • Follow the Drinkin' Gourd
  • Good Night Ladies
  • Grandfather's Clock
  • Home on the Range
  • In the Evening by the Moonlight
  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
  • Little Annie Rooney
  • Long, Long Ago
  • Love's Old Sweet Song
  • The Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Merrily We Roll Along
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • Nelly Bly
  • Oh! Susanna
  • Old Folks at Home
  • The Sidewalks of New York
  • Sweet Rosie O'Grady
  • Tell Me Why
  • Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground
  • There is a Tavern in the Town
  • When the Saints Go Marching In
  • When You and I Were Young, Maggie
  • All Through the Night
  • Alouette
  • Annie Laurie
  • The Ash Grove
  • At the Gate of Heaven
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms
  • The Blue Bells of Scotland
  • Came A-Riding
  • Cockles and Mussels
  • Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
  • Everybody Loves Saturday Night
  • Finiculi, Finicula
  • For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
  • Greensleeves
  • Juanita
  • The Last Rose of Summer
  • Loch Lomond
  • Mary Ann
  • My Bonnie
  • O Hanukkah
  • Over the Meadow
  • Paddy Works on the Railway
  • Sakura
  • The Sloop "John B"
  • Sur Le Pont D'Avignon
  • Swiss Walking Song
  • The Turtle Dove
  • Vive L'Amour
  • Walking at Night (Stodola Pumpa)
  • Zum Gali, Gali


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