Contra Dance Encyclopedia

by John Holenko
$17.05
sku: 02-98221
A handbook for musicians who want to play for contra dances. Music from American fiddle tunes to the Irish tradition are presented in sets suitable for playing for dances (as well as sessions, concerts, and other gigs). Includes an extensive selection of tunes grouped into reels, jigs, and waltzes, a short history of contra dance, as well as ideas on putting together a dance band. Instrumental and stylistic techniques for guitar, mandolin, whistle, and fiddle are discussed, as well as band dynamics and orchestration. Beginning/intermediate. 80 pp.

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Contents:

I. Introduction to the music 
II. What is Contra Dancing? 
III. A Short History of Contra Dance 
IV. Putting together a dance band 
V. Instrumentation and Technique
VI. Putting together your own sets of tunes 
VII. The Hungry Monks Tune book 
VIII. More Tunes 
Alphabetical Tune Index