The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

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Product Number: 98214M
Format: Softcover & Online Audio
ISBN: 978-07866-8683-4
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, Seamus 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, Sean Ryan, Conal O Greda, 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 audio download available online. "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." Includes access to online audio.    
SECTION 1: First Matters
CHAPTER 1: Orientation to Traditional Irish Music on the Flute and Tin Whistle
CHAPTER 2: The Language Analogy
SECTION 2: The Instruments
CHAPTER 3: The Irish or Simple System-Flute and the Modern Flute
CHAPTER 4: The Tin Whistle
CHAPTER 5: Holding and Blowing the Tin Whistle
CHAPTER 6: Holding and Blowing the Flute
SECTION 3: Ornamentation
Introduction to Ornamentation
Preface to Single-Note Ornaments
CHAPTER 8: Strikes
CHAPTER 9: Slides
Preface to Multi-Note Ornaments
CHAPTER 10: Long Rolls
CHAPTER 11: Short Rolls
CHAPTER 12: Condensed Long Rolls
CHAPTER 13: Condensed Short Rolls
CHAPTER 14: Rolls in Tunes with Overly Uneven Subdivisions of the Beat
CHAPTER 15: Double-Cut Rolls
CHAPTER 16: Cranns
CHAPTER 17: Charts of the Rolls and Cranns and their Symbols
CHAPTER 18: Other Mulit-Note Ornaments
CHAPTER 19: Ornamentation through Melodic Variation
SECTION 4: Phrasing, Articulation, and Use of the Breath
CHAPTER 20: Tonguing, Multiple Tonguing, and Throating
CHAPTER 21: Musical Breathing
SECTION 5: Final Matters
CHAPTER 22: On Playing Slow Airs
CHAPTER 23: The Language Analogy Revisited
CHAPTER 24: On Practice and "Muscle Memory"
SECTION 6: Forty-Nine Studies for Ornamentation Practice
SECTION 7: Complete Versions of Excerpted Tunes
SECTION 8: Great Performances Transcribed (Transcriptions of Commercial Recordings from Twenty-Two Important Flute and Tin Whistle Players, 1925-2001)

Appendix A: Audio Contents
Appendix B: Adaptations for the Boehm-System Flute
Appendix C: Fingering Charts
Appendix D: Key to the Front Cover Photograph

Index of Tune Titles:
The Battering Ram 
The Blarney Pilgrim
The Cliffs of Moher  
Tom Billy’s Jig  
The Frost Is All Over  
The Humours of Ballyloughlin  
Jimmy Ward’s Jig  
The Monaghan Jig 
Old Joe’s Jig  
The Rose in the Heather  
Scotsman Over the Border  
Tripping Up the Stairs 
Whelan’s Jig  
Willie Coleman’s Jig  
The Star Above the Garter  
A Fig for a Kiss  
Hardiman the Fiddler  
The Whinny Hills of Leitrim  
Christmas Eve  
The Banshee 
The Boys of Ballisodare  
Roaring Mary 
The Drunken Landlady  
The Glen Allen Reel 
The Gravel Walk  
John Stenson’s Reel 
Lad O’Beirne’s Reel  
Lady on the Island  
The Mountain Road 
The Shaskeen  
Tuttle’s Reel, in E Dorian (as it would be fingered on a C whistle)  
Tuttle’s Reel, in D Dorian (as it would sound when played on a C whistle)  p 355
The Home Ruler  
The Rights of Man 
Maids of Ardagh (polka)  
Lord Mayo (march) 
Tabhair dom do Lámh (Give Me Your Hand) (harp piece)