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Skye Boat Song Sheet Music


Recently made popular by the Outlander series, Skye Boat Song is one of the most well-known Scottish tunes, with a fascinating history. Christy-Lyn’s arrangement of this song brings a feeling of drama without being overly difficult, and there is a lot of space for expression and dynamics. For the intermediate harp player who loves Scotland, this is a piece that gives great payoff for minimal effort!


Difficulty level & Skills required

Early-intermediate: The right hand melody has some syncopation but it is fairly straight forward in terms of fingering. The left hand uses a variety of chord shapes but with long notes so there’s plenty of time for placing. There are a number of rolled chords.

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Lever harps or pedal harp. The small harp version works for 26 string harps or larger, and the big harp version works for 33 string harps or larger.

Small harp version – Lowest note is D below middle C. Highest note is F two and a half octaves above middle C. Big harp version – Lowest note is D, almost 2 octaves below middle C. Highest note is F, 1 and a half octaves above middle C.

It is in the key of D major, with C sharps and F sharps. There are no lever changes during the piece.

Two PDF downloads of 3 pages each. Fingering and bracketing are included.

Big Harp Audio
Small Harp Audio

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