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Down the Back Lane, Variation in Traditional Irish Dance Music

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By Grey Larsen. 52 pages plus one audio CD.

Suitable for all melody instruments.

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At the heart of Down the Back Lane are the recordings on the companion CD. The author plays eight traditional tunes on Irish flute and tin whistle, each three times through, complete with lovely, improvised variations. He notates the complete performances in meticulous detail and offers insightful comments on the variations. We get a rare and intimate view into the intuitive musical mind of a masterful player, along with extensive information on ornamentation, phrasing, articulation, dynamics and much more.

Though the author plays the tunes on flute and whistle, he has carefully designed the book to be useful to players of all melody instruments.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Jigs, reels, hornpipes, a slide and a slip jig, both common and rare
  • Valuable insights into the art of variation
  • Three chapters explaining ornamentation, phrasing and modes
  • A CD containing the tunes, played by the author

Upon request, the author will autograph your book, at no extra charge. (You may request this during the checkout process by using the comments area.)

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