By Peter Cooper
Fiddle Sheet Music
Violin Sheet Music
St. Patrick's Day
Collection / Songbook
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The Complete Irish Fiddle Player by Peter Cooper. For Fiddle. Solos. Complete. Celtic/Irish. Multiple Levels. Book. 158 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95406).
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ISBN 9780786603299. Celtic/Irish. 8.75" x 11.75" inches.
In his preface, the author reminds the reader that this is not a book for the absolute beginner. Even the experienced player may not "get it" on first reading a given tune, but "You can expect to enjoy the process of learning... [and experience] the joy of recreating a traditional tune, of making it your own." This is the teacher/ student pact in effect throughout this marvelous book, written for the literary as much as the musical connoisseur. Although no classical violin experience is needed, you will need to know how to hold the fiddle and bow, and be able to play at least simple tunes in the first position. Having the ability to read music will enable you to follow the bowing patterns and left-hand techniques which the author feels are crucial in grasping the playing style.
Location: from Potomac Falls, VA.
June 2, 2004
Get the book/cd combination instead
Agree with previous review. But suggest you order the Book/CD combination (available on this site). The CD recordings by Peter are very well done and useful for learning the tunes.
21 of 43 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Galt, CA
August 4, 2002
After listening to celtic music for several years, I finally picked up a fiddle with a determination to learn how to play. Being a very bookish sort of person, I purchased several beginners instructional books, including this one by Peter Cooper. This is the one I settled on as having...
21 of 42 people found this review helpful.