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Happy Fingers
Easy Songs for Braille Music Readers
Collected & Edited by
 Christina Davidson & Karen Gearreald
All the music in the HAPPY FINGERS series is in the Public Domain.
 Permission for use is granted to all who promote
Braille Music Literacy

Sales of these books in any format are strictly prohibited.


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Happy Fingers Book 1  - November 2010
BRF format (18 braille pages)
PDF print format (488K)

A basic knowledge of braille music is required before using this book,
including the notes, rests, slurs, time signatures and bars.
If you want to learn braille music, we recommend starting with
"How to Read Braille Music" (2nd edition) by Bettye Krolick
available from the National Braille Press.


Songs include: Go Tell Aunt Rhody, When the Saints Go Marching In, On Top of Old Smoky,
Scarborough Fair, the Alphabet Song, Row Row Row Your Boat, White Coral Bells,
Oh How Lovely is the Ev'ning, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands and
 the Octave Song by Christina Davidson

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*NEW*  Happy Fingers Book 2 - June 2011
BRF format (24 braille pages)
PDF print format (426K)

Book 2 introduces sharps and flats, repeats, first and second endings and
melodies that will challenge your braille reading skills. A new section entitled
"Notes to Students and Teachers" has been added to summarize the music terms
and concepts presented in each song.

Songs include: America the Beautiful, Yankee Doodle, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hush Little Baby,
Are You Sleeping, America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee), Skip to My Lou
Home on the Range, Jingle Bells and This Old Man (Theme & Variations)

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From the INTRODUCTION & DEDICATION:

"The HAPPY FINGERS books are designed to challenge and encourage braille readers of all ages
so that ears, voices, and fingers can work together in the enjoyment of music.
Songs are presented in order of difficulty, beginning with the easiest.

The HAPPY FINGERS books are gratefully dedicated to Louis Braille and Bettye Krolick.
In the nineteenth century, Louis Braille invented the braille music system
so that visually impaired musicians could read, learn, and write music independently.

In the twentieth century, Bettye Krolick stabilized and publicized braille music
so that braille readers could continue to benefit. Throughout her many years of transcribing
and teaching,  Bettye insisted that braille music is not hard to learn.
She knew that musical fulfillment must be more than mere imitation or rote learning.
Bettye helped us understand that braille music skills enable visually impaired musicians
to excel as creators and leaders.

Now in the twenty-first century, we are using the computer to share the
joys and opportunities that Louis and Betty have given to us."
-- Karen Gearreald & Christina Davidsoon

Here is a print sample from HAPPY FINGERS Book 1
(for sighted teachers, parents & friends)
The print version includes chord symbols for accompaniment;
the chord symbols are NOT in the braille transcriptions.


printed music in PDF file Happy Fingers book 1

Have fun learning BRAILLE MUSIC !
Contact me if you want to be notified about future HAPPY FINGERS books or have comments or questions
tina@ctdcreations.com

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