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Irish tunes

Post by sinebar » Fri May 04, 2007 5:51 am

I love irish music. Can anyone recomend a good "easy level" music book with irish songs?

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Post by flutepicc06 » Fri May 04, 2007 10:11 am

Usually the type of "Irish" music you are probably thinking of is learned by ear as a basic melody, and then embellished with a number of different ornaments, and performed without sheetmusic. I attended a masterclass on Irish music (usually played on a simple system flute), and the presenter strongly suggested that (if you want to be able to play with others) you simply listen to recordings of the traditional reels, jigs, etc. and pick out the melody, and then over time get used to embellishing it. However, not everyone wants to go that route, so I would suggest taking a look at Fluteworld. A cursory search turned up several promising options.

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Post by sinebar » Fri May 04, 2007 11:39 am

flutepicc06 wrote:Usually the type of "Irish" music you are probably thinking of is learned by ear as a basic melody, and then embellished with a number of different ornaments, and performed without sheetmusic. I attended a masterclass on Irish music (usually played on a simple system flute), and the presenter strongly suggested that (if you want to be able to play with others) you simply listen to recordings of the traditional reels, jigs, etc. and pick out the melody, and then over time get used to embellishing it. However, not everyone wants to go that route, so I would suggest taking a look at Fluteworld. A cursory search turned up several promising options.
Thanks I'll look at flute world.

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Re: Irish tunes

Post by woof » Sat May 05, 2007 1:31 pm

sinebar wrote:I love irish music. Can anyone recomend a good "easy level" music book with irish songs?
I would give the Jessica Walsh series of books w CD a try. You can get them at Amazon. I have enjoyed playing alot of those songs and Jessica's variations seem to work pretty well. Many of her books has a play along CD if want to do so.

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Post by pied_piper » Sat May 05, 2007 6:32 pm

Look for an instruction book or book of music for the tin whistle. You can't get more Irish than the tin whistle! Most books of this type are full of simple Irish tunes and the range is perfect for the flute. Some books even offer suggestions on some of the embellishments mentioned in a previous posting.
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Post by flutepicc06 » Sat May 05, 2007 7:28 pm

Fluteworld also has a good selection of Irish Tune books intended for Tin Whistles.

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Post by MonikaFL » Sat May 05, 2007 11:53 pm

Visit [url=http://www.monikadurbin.com/formiapress]Formia Press[/url] to check out my compositions and arrangements for flute and more.

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Post by LimuHead » Tue May 08, 2007 12:51 pm

Grey Larsen's "Essential Guide" has lots of good information to get you started playing Irish music. It'll get you going on the unique ornamentation used in Irish music. It also has a special section devoted to playing Irish music on the Boehm flute, which helps a lot since most Irish traditional music is played on the simple system 6 hole flute.


If you're just looking for tunes you should check out:

- Harvest Home (the first tune many beginning whistlers and fluters play)

- The Butterfly

- Britches Full of Stitches (an especially easy tune)

- Ballydesmond (sp?) 1, 2, & 3

- Off To California

- Road to Lisdoonvorna

Most of these tunes are fairly easy to play and memorize.

Let us know how you're getting along......

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Post by sinebar » Tue May 08, 2007 8:49 pm

LimuHead wrote:Grey Larsen's "Essential Guide" has lots of good information to get you started playing Irish music. It'll get you going on the unique ornamentation used in Irish music. It also has a special section devoted to playing Irish music on the Boehm flute, which helps a lot since most Irish traditional music is played on the simple system 6 hole flute.


If you're just looking for tunes you should check out:

- Harvest Home (the first tune many beginning whistlers and fluters play)

- The Butterfly

- Britches Full of Stitches (an especially easy tune)

- Ballydesmond (sp?) 1, 2, & 3

- Off To California

- Road to Lisdoonvorna

Most of these tunes are fairly easy to play and memorize.

Let us know how you're getting along......

Aldon
Thanks for the list. Yeah off to california is a good one.

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Post by MonikaFL » Tue May 08, 2007 9:06 pm

I looooove Road to Lisdoonvorna -- great suggestion!!
Visit [url=http://www.monikadurbin.com/formiapress]Formia Press[/url] to check out my compositions and arrangements for flute and more.

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Re: Irish tunes

Post by Mark » Fri May 11, 2007 6:07 am

woof wrote:
sinebar wrote:I love irish music. Can anyone recomend a good "easy level" music book with irish songs?
I would give the Jessica Walsh series of books w CD a try. You can get them at Amazon. I have enjoyed playing alot of those songs and Jessica's variations seem to work pretty well. Many of her books has a play along CD if want to do so.
I'll second that suggestion.. :)
So many instruments.... so little time.... :)

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Irish Traditional Music

Post by Jaded » Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:54 pm

If you are seeking Irish traditional music, may I suggest :idea: that you visit:

www.whistlethis.com?

The gentleman who runs the web site arranges traditional Irish tunes (including "The Road to Lisdoonvorna" and "The Butterfly") the puts them on his site. He periodically updates the music. The pieces he has chosen for his web site are outstanding, and you can download MP3 versions and whistle tablature if you are not able to read sheet music.

If you sample this music and find yourself drawn to a tin whistle, don't mind me for grinning... :D

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Re: Irish Traditional Music

Post by sinebar » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:02 pm

Jaded wrote:If you are seeking Irish traditional music, may I suggest :idea: that you visit:

www.whistlethis.com?

The gentleman who runs the web site arranges traditional Irish tunes (including "The Road to Lisdoonvorna" and "The Butterfly") the puts them on his site. He periodically updates the music. The pieces he has chosen for his web site are outstanding, and you can download MP3 versions and whistle tablature if you are not able to read sheet music.

If you sample this music and find yourself drawn to a tin whistle, don't mind me for grinning... :D
Thanks for the great link.

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Post by bfloyd » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:59 pm

I don't know how easy a level you wanted to go with but these from Mel Bay are on the beginner side:

http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?Produ ... ch=keyword

http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?Produ ... ch=keyword

The latter are Irish slow airs and are very beautiful. The slow airs are a labeled beginner/intermediate while the first is for beginner.

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You're Welcome

Post by Jaded » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:50 pm

You are most welcome.

Here are some more links if you ever hanker to try out a whistle, er...fipple flute. :D

http://whistlenow.freeprohost.com/page5.html

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