The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

by Grey Larsen
sku: 02-98214M
Book/Online audio set. For the beginner to the highly advanced player of Irish flute, tin whistle, or Boehm-system flute. Features a simple approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method. 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 important Irish flute and tin whistle players: John McKenna, Tom Morrison, Paddy Carty, Matt Molloy, Cathal McConnell, Mary Bergin, Joanie Madden, Seamus Egan, many more. Almost all the exercises, examples and tunes appear in the audio. "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. 480 pp.   More Details...
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  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • Foreword by Gearoid O hAllmhurain, Ph. D.
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements and Credits
  • Introduction
  • 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 7: Cuts
  • 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: Contents of the Companion CDs
  • Appendix B: Adaptations for the Boehm-System Flute
  • Appendix C: Fingering Charts
  • Appendix D: Key to the Front Cover Photograph
  • Bibliography
  • Discography
  • Index of Tune Titles
  • General Index
  • About the Author
  • Also by Grey Larsen