The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle – Physical Book

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By Grey Larsen. Physical book, 480 pages, plus 196 tracks of downloadable audio. You may download the audio for free here.

This is, by far, the most comprehensive work on Irish flute and tin whistle playing. Well over 12,000 copies have been sold.

This book is also available in a book bundle at a reduced cost.

Upon request, the author will autograph your book, at no extra charge. Please specify your autograph wishes in the “Order Notes” field during checkout.

This book has received many fine reviews.

Free excerpts of Grey Larsen’s books are available here.

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This is a book for the beginner to the highly advanced player of Irish flute, tin whistle, or Boehm-system (modern) flute. It features a simple and penetrating new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method, exploring ornamentation techniques never described in print before. It 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 these important Irish flute and tin whistle players: John McKenna, Tom Morrison, William Cummins, Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Paddy Taylor, Paddy Carty, Grey Larsen, Josie McDermott, Matt Molloy, Cathal McConnell, Mary Bergin, Donncha Ó Briain (Denis O’Brien), Desi Wilkinson, Breda Smyth, Seán Ryan, Conal Ó Gráda, Micho Russel, Joanie Madden, Kevin Crawford, Catherine McEvoy, and Seamus Egan.

We are happy to report that well over 12,000 copies of this have now been sold. It has been translated into Chinese and Russian.

Below you may listen to some examples of the audio that is included with this book:

Here are four selections from the chapter, “49 Studies for Ornamentation Practice.”

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Additional information

Weight 3.32 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 8.75 × 1.0 in
Media Format

Book with Audio Download


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