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.
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Below you may listen to some examples of the audio that is included with this book:
- Figure 8-16. A version of the hornpipe “Bantry Bay” using cuts and a variety of strikes. (Tin whistle)
- Figure 11-7. A setting of “The Sporting Pitchfork” using short rolls on B, A, G, F-sharp, and E as well as long rolls on E and G. (Irish flute)
- Figure 15-4. A setting of the reel “The Skylark” using long double-cut rolls on A, G, F-sharp and E. (Irish flute)
- Figure 16-6. A setting of the reel “The Trip to Durrow” which makes use of long cranns on D and E. (Irish flute)
- Figure 19-11. Four melodic variants on the long G roll found in the first bar of the reel “The Shaskeen.” (Irish flute)
Here are four selections from the chapter, “49 Studies for Ornamentation Practice.”
- Study 4. A variety of cuts on repeated notes in a jig. (Tin whistle)
- Study 31. Simple and added-finger slides in a jig. (Tin whistle)
- Study 33. In a jig, long rolls that begin on the pulse. (Irish flute)
- Study 42. Stepwise ascending short rolls in a jig. (Irish flute)
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