Irish Fiddle Playing - Volume 2 (eBook + Online Audio)
A Guide for the Serious Player
This book is a follow-up to 'Irish Fiddle Playing: A Guide for the Serious Player' (MB99402BCD). The student will gain a deeper knowledge of fiddle playing and improve their overall playing and musical understanding. Subjects include:
improvisation
fingering and bowing techniques
playing with other musicians
modes
converting from classical to traditional
improvising in songs

The player will become more aware of the mechanics of playing the fiddle, putting them in a position to ...more
Product Number:
99776BCDEB
Format:
eBook + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Intermediate
Pages:
110
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6106-5804-3
ISBN13:
978-16106-5804-1
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
1/26/2016
This book is a follow-up to 'Irish Fiddle Playing: A Guide for the Serious Player' (MB99402BCD). The student will gain a deeper knowledge of fiddle playing and improve their overall playing and musical understanding. Subjects include:
improvisation
fingering and bowing techniques
playing with other musicians
modes
converting from classical to traditional
improvising in songs

The player will become more aware of the mechanics of playing the fiddle, putting them in a position to:
improve their sound
develop their own style
play more effectively and confidently with others

As with the first book in the series, it contains pieces of advice from the author's 25 years of playing music. The format of the book is similar to this first book. Section 1 deals with various aspects of fiddle playing. Section 2 contains a selection of mostly well-known tunes, fully transcribed with variations,embellishments/ornaments. These tunes are all include on the accompanying online audio.
Irish Fiddle Playing - Volume 2

Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................4
About the Author ....................................................................................................................................................5
SECTION 1
IMPROVING YOUR PLAYING
The Fingering Hand 1: Improving Intonation ..................................................................................................6
The Fingering Hand 2: The Reverse Cut..........................................................................................................9
The Fingering Hand 3: Minimising Movement................................................................................................9
The Fingering Hand 4: Slides ........................................................................................................................10
The Bowing Hand 1: String Crossing ............................................................................................................11
The Bowing Hand 2: Dynamics......................................................................................................................12
The Bowing Hand 3: Playing on More than One String................................................................................14
Learning Tunes from Written Music or Why Doesn’t the Tune in My Collection Sound Right? ........................16
Case Study 1: The Rose in the Heather ..........................................................................................................17
Case Study 2: The Killaloe Boat ....................................................................................................................19
Case Study 3: Saint Anne’s Reel ....................................................................................................................21
Improvisation ........................................................................................................................................................23
Fiddle or Violin? - Classical Converts ................................................................................................................27
Playing with Other Musicians - Sessions and Get-Togethers ..............................................................................30
Putting Sets of Tunes Together - Scales and Modes ............................................................................................32
Improvising in Songs ............................................................................................................................................40
Star of the County Down ......................................................................................................................................46
Transposing ..........................................................................................................................................................48
SECTION 2
A SELECTION OF TUNES
Tune Titles ............................................................................................................................................................51
Explanation of Symbols Used ..............................................................................................................................52
Jigs
Cock o’ the North............................................................................................................................................54
Father O’Flynn................................................................................................................................................55
The Rambling Pitchfork..................................................................................................................................57
The Rose in the Heather..................................................................................................................................58
The Orphan......................................................................................................................................................60
Up Sligo ..........................................................................................................................................................61
The Mooncoin Jig ..........................................................................................................................................63
 
 Hornpipes
Chief O’Neill’s Favourite................................................................................................................................64
The Rights of Man ..........................................................................................................................................66
The Ghost........................................................................................................................................................67
Polkas
The Glen Cottage Polka..................................................................................................................................69
Oh Those Britches Full of Stitches ................................................................................................................69
Others
The Road to Lisdoonvarna (slide) ..................................................................................................................70
The Foxhunter’s Jig (slip jig)..........................................................................................................................72
Rodney’s Glory (set dance) ............................................................................................................................73
Reels
Man of the House............................................................................................................................................75
The Monaghan Twig ......................................................................................................................................75
P J Hayes’........................................................................................................................................................76
Toss the Feathers in D ....................................................................................................................................78
The Flogging Reel ..........................................................................................................................................79
Jennie’s Chickens............................................................................................................................................81
O’ Dowd’s Favourite ......................................................................................................................................82
The Bank of Ireland ........................................................................................................................................84
The Chicago Reel in B-flat ............................................................................................................................85
The Drunken Landlady ..................................................................................................................................87
The Congress Reel ..........................................................................................................................................88
The High Reel ................................................................................................................................................90
Paddy Ryan’s Dream ......................................................................................................................................91
Sergeant Early’s Dream ..................................................................................................................................93
The Silver Spire ..............................................................................................................................................94
Tamlin..............................................................................................................................................................96
The Woman of the House................................................................................................................................97
The Cup of Tea..............................................................................................................................................100
Over the Moor to Maggie ............................................................................................................................102
Appendix A: Set-up of the Instrument................................................................................................................104
Appendix B: Common Scales in Irish Music ....................................................................................................107
 
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