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Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
All the tools the beginner, novice, and intermediate tin whistle player needs in order to progress to a high level of competence in Irish music. Includes an "Orientation to Traditional Irish Music", which puts the music in context, with information on scales and modes, dance tune types, the historical roots of whistle playing, and advice for learning by ear. The book is full of thorough instruction, exercises, and musical examples: from holding, fingering, breathing, and blowing, on up to advanced ornamentation, phrasing, and variations. Features a simple and penetrating new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method. Also includes history and theory of traditional Irish tin whistle music. For those who don't read music, almost all the exercises and examples appear on the companion audio. Includes access to online audio.
Contents of the Companion Audio
Orientation to Traditional Irish Music for Tin Whistle Players
The Language Analogy Revisited
Practice Revisited, and Some Thoughts on "Muscle Memory"
A Brief Look into the History and Development of the Tin Whistle
Holding and Blowing the Tin Whistle
Getting Comfortable with Fingering
The Language Analogy
Index of Tune Titles
The Banks of Lough Gowna
The Blarney Pilgrim
The Boys of Ballisodare
The Cliffs of Moher
The Drunken Landlady
The Frost is All Over
The Gravel Walk
Hardiman the Fiddler
Lad O’Beirne’s Reel
The Lonesome Jig
The Monaghan Jig
Old Joe’s Jig
The Rose in the Heather
The Sporting Pitchfork
The Star Above the Garter
Tom Billy’s Jig
Tripping Up the Stairs
Willie Coleman’s Jig
Introduction to Ornamentation
Tonguing, Phrasing, and Use of the Breath
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