The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

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For the beginner to the highly advanced player of Irish flute, tin whistle, or Boehm-system flute. Features a simple and penetrating new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method, exploring ornamentation techniques never described in print before. Also includes adaptations for Boehm-system flute players, guidance on breathing and phrasing, 49 ornamentation exercises, history and theory of traditional Irish flute and whistle music, and 27 meticulous transcriptions of recordings by these important Irish flute and tin whistle players: John McKenna, Tom Morrison, William Cummins, S'amus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Paddy Taylor, Paddy Carty, Grey Larsen, Josie McDermott, Matt Molloy, Cathal McConnell, Mary Bergin, Donncha ? Briain (Denis O'Brien), Desi Wilkinson, Breda Smyth, Se'n Ryan, Conal ? Gr'da, Micho Russel, Joanie Madden, Kevin Crawford, Catherine McEvoy, and Seamus Egan. For those who don't read music, almost all the exercises, examples and tunes appear on the two companion CDs.Grey has, through his research, patience, and diligence, completed a work on Irish flute and tin whistle that I feel is essential reading for anybody interested in getting it right. - Matt Molloy, Irish Flute player with the Chieftains.
Publisher: Pacific, MO : Mel Bay Publications, 2003.
ISBN: 9780786649426
Branch Call Number: 788.3219 Lar
Characteristics: 480 p. : ill., music ; 30 cm. + 2 compact discs.
Alternative Title: Irish flute and tin whistle


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Sep 21, 2016

Discusses the history and use of the Irish flute, the pennywhistle and the concert flute in Celtic music. There are brief instructions on playing each instrument. The majority of the book covers ornamentation in Irish music with detailed instructions on how to play them, an explanation of how they differ from Classical ornaments and discussing techniques for playing each ornament on whistles and flutes.
This is a long book but useful to any one exploring ornamenting Celtic music. Excellent method of learning how to make Irish melodies come to life.


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