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Irish Fiddle Playing

A Guide for the Serious Player

By Philip John Berthoud

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Fiddle - Beginning-Intermediate
A Guide for the Serious Player. Composed by Philip John Berthoud. Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. Celtic/Irish. Book/CD Set. 88 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99402BCD).

Item Number: MB.99402BCD

ISBN 9780786659999. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The book is designed to make the personal aspects of traditional Irish fiddle playing, improvisation and interpretation, accessible to novice players. Drawing on his experience writing out reels, jigs and other tunes for new players at a North London session and teaching fiddle, the author conveys what to do with tunes to make them your own. The first part of the book discusses such subjects as the "language" of traditional music, posture, bowing, and effective practice, with a detailed analysis of left and right hand technique. The second section is a selection of tunes that demonstrate the ideas in the first part. The aim of the book is to allow the player to look more closely at their technique while also improving accuracy and speed. A recording adds an extra dimension to the learning experience.

  • The Musical Priest (version 1) 
  • The Musical Priest (version 2) 
  • Julia Delaney 
  • Eddie Kelly's Reel  
  • John Stenson's Reel 
  • Arthur Darley's Jig 
  • Foxhunter's Reel 
  • Louis' Reel 
  • The Duke of Leinster 
  • The Bunch of Keys 
  • The Butterfly 
  • The Morning Dew 
  • Paddy's Trip To Scotland 
  • The Roscommon Reel 
  • The Mountain Road 
  • The Connaughtman's Rambles 
  • Pat Tuohey's Reel 
  • The Hunter's Purse 
  • Off To California 
  • The Peacock's Feather 
  • The Boys Of Malin 
  • O'rourke's 
  • The Concrete Cow 
  • The Retiro Jig 
  • The Ships in Full Sail 
  • The Mason's Apron 
  • The Emerald Jig 
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