BOOKS

 

Grey Larsen’s books on traditional Irish music have sold over 15,000 copies worldwide.

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The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

(book plus audio files download/eBook plus audio files download)

At 480 pages, this is a book for the beginner to the highly advanced player of Irish flute, tin whistle, or Boehm-system (modern) flute. Over 9,000 copies sold. Has been translated into Chinese and Russian. Features a new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method, exploring techniques never described in print before. Includes an Orientation to Traditional Irish Music, information on scales and modes, dance tune types, the historical roots of flute and whistle playing in Ireland, and advice for learning by ear. 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 (1926-2001) by important Irish flute and tin whistle players.

 

The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox

(book plus audio files download, or with 2 CDs/eBook plus audio files download)

All the tools the beginner, novice, and intermediate tin whistle player needs in order to progress to a high level of competence in Irish music. (As of 12.9.16, I have just a few copies left that come with audio CDs.) Includes an Orientation to Traditional Irish Music, information on scales and modes, dance tune types, the historical roots of whistle playing, and advice for learning by ear. The book is full of thorough instruction, exercises, and musical examples: from holding, fingering, breathing, and blowing, on up to advanced ornamentation, phrasing, and variations. Features a penetrating new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method. Also includes history and theory of traditional Irish tin whistle music. For those who don’t read music, recordings of almost all the exercises and examples are included in the online audio download.

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300 Gems of Irish Music for All Instruments

(book/eBook)

This book contains 300 traditonal Irish tunes, selected from among Grey’s favorites. They are notated in a style that makes them equally accessible to players of fiddle, flute, whistle, accordion, concertina, harp, keyboard, guitar, mandolin, banjo, uilleann pipes – to all melody players. These are the 300 tunes that also appear in the books 150 Gems of Irish Music for Tin Whistle and 150 Gems of Irish Music for Flute, collected here in one volume.

Audio of all 300 tunes is available either as a set of four CDs or as a set of downloadable MP3s. Grey Larsen plays the tunes on Irish flute, tin whistle and anglo concertina.

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Down the Back Lane, Variation in Traditional Irish Dance Music

(book plus 1 CD/eBook plus audio files download)

At the heart of Down the Back Lane are the recordings on the companion CD. Grey 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.

The eight tunes in this book also appear in 300 Gems of Irish Music for All Instruments. Four of them appear in 150 Gems of Irish Music for Tin Whistle and the other four appear in 150 Gems of Irish Music for Flute.

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150 Gems of Irish Music for Flute

(book plus audio download, or with 2 CDs/eBook plus audio files download)

This book/online audio collection contains 150 traditional Irish tunes, with suggested ornamentation and breathing places. Recordings of the author playing all the tunes are on included in the online audio download. (As of 12.9.16, I have just a few copies left that come with audio CDs.) Also included are three explanatory chapters on Grey’s ornamentation notation system, modes, and breathing and phrasing (with new and improved information on breathing strategies). While composed mainly of “flute-friendly” tunes, there are also tunes of non-wind origin and tunes requiring the use of keys. Grey addresses the issue of notes that go too low for the flute and options for making needed adaptations. The tunes are all different from the ones in 150 Gems of Irish Music for Tin Whistle.

150 Gems of Irish Music for Tin Whistle

(book plus audio download/eBook plus audio files download)

This book/online audio collection contains 150 traditional Irish tunes, with suggested ornamentation and breathing places. Recordings of the author playing all the tunes are on included in the online audio download. Also included are three explanatory chapters on Grey’s ornamentation notation system, modes, and breathing and phrasing (with new and improved information on breathing strategies). While composed mainly of “whistle-friendly” tunes, there are also tunes of non-wind origin and tunes for non-D whistles. Grey addresses the issue of notes that go too low for the whistle and options for making needed adaptations. The tunes are all different from the ones in 150 Gems of Irish Music for Flute.

The Toolbox Tune Collection

(spiral bound book plus 1 CD/eBook plus audio files download)

This supplement to The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox, is comprised of written transcriptions and audio recordings of the 18 traditional Irish tunes referred to and excerpted in Grey’s book The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox. It also includes introductory and explanatory text. Grey’s transcriptions include his suggested ornamentation and breathing places. The recordings are of Grey playing the tunes, as notated in the transcriptions, on tin whistle.

The Toolbox Exercises for Finger Coordination

(spiral bound book plus 1 CD/eBook plus audio files download)

This supplement to the book/CD set The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox, is comprised of written transcriptions and audio recordings of 38 exercises for tin whistle, composed and performed by Grey Larsen. It also includes introductory and explanatory text.

An Gabhairín Binn

(book plus 1 CD)

Learn to play the bodhrán (the Irish frame drum) from a true master. This is an excellent instructional book/CD set by Paddy League, Grey’s partner on the CDs The Green House and Dark of the Moon. 45 pages with many photos and examples in musical notation. The CD includes 13 tunes with Grey on tin whistle and Paddy on bodhrán, each played first at slow/moderate speed, then normal speed. With your balance control you can eliminate either the whistle or the drum. The rest of the tracks are recordings of the written examples from the book. This CD is actually great for tin whistle student’s as well.

What are some of the differences between The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle and The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox?

  • The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle is a much larger book (three times as large). It addresses Irish flute and modern, Boehm-system flute, as well as tin whistle. The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox addresses tin whistle only.
  • The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle covers ornamentation exhaustively and includes 49 exercises for practicing ornamentation. The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox covers the bread and butter of the subject, featuring everything necessary to reach a high level of competence as a player (cuts, strikes, slides, long rolls, and short rolls), but not the more advanced ornamentation.
  • The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle is far more than an instructional book. It includes historical material and transcriptions of recordings by 22 important Irish flute and tin whistle players from 1926-2001, with biographical notes and commentary on their playing styles. The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox focuses more narrowly on playing.
  • While The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle contains quite a bit of material for beginning flute and whistle players, The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox expands this material for the beginning whistler, with an additional chapter, “Getting Comfortable with Fingering”, and more beginner’s exercises.

 

 

 

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