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Learn to Play Irish Fiddle

By Philip John Berthoud

Fiddle - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Philip John Berthoud. Wire bound, Methods. Celtic/Irish. Book/2-CD Set. 120 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20555BCD).

Item Number: MB.20555BCD

ISBN 9780786607785. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Learn to Play Irish Fiddle is a book and two CD set that introduces the absolute beginner to the great traditional fiddle music of Ireland, going right from the basics of how to hold and make the first sounds on the instrument - through specially composed, manageable tunes in the Irish style - right up to playing traditional reels, jigs and other dance tunes from the traditional repertoire (the specially composed tunes bridge the gap between the basics and the traditional music). Embellishments and techniques that make good Irish fiddle playing so infectious, such as rolls, cuts, triplets and slides are gradually introduced. The student will also become familiar with some of the more advanced ideas concerning playing Irish traditional music such as variations and dynamics - subjects which are covered in greater detail in "Irish Fiddle Playing: A Guide for the Serious Player" book/CD sets by the same author. Useful appendices and a cross-referenced glossary are also included. The accompanying CDs contain all the tunes in the book (played at a slow tempo) plus many exercises. There is NO NEED FOR ANY PRIOR MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE in order to use this book. Each aspect of playing and theory is covered in an accessible and manageable way.

  • A Kerry Polka  
  • Bonnie Kate 
  • Comb Your Hair And Curl It 
  • Cronin's Hornpipe  
  • Cut It Out Again  
  • Delahunty's Hornpipe  
  • Denis Murphy's  
  • Father Kelly's 
  • Give Us A Drink of Water 
  • John Ryan's Polka 
  • Kerry Slide  
  • Lady Ann Montgomery  
  • Miss Douglas  
  • Miss Downing's Fancy  
  • Miss Mcleod's Reel 
  • Oh! Those Britches Full of Stitches  
  • Old John's Jig  
  • Sally Gardens 
  • Sergeant Early's Dream  
  • Sheehan's Reel 
  • The Blackthorn Stick 
  • The Bottle of Brandy  
  • The Broken Pledge 
  • The Concert Reel  
  • The Crock Of Gold 
  • The Dusty Miller 
  • The Flowing Bowl 
  • The Geese In The Bog 
  • The Golden Castle  
  • The High Road To Linton 
  • The Jolly Beggarman 
  • The Ladies of Carrick  
  • The Lady on the Island  
  • The Moving Cloud  
  • The Old Kilfenora Jig  
  • The Peacock Follow the Hen  
  • The Rose In The Heather 
  • The Star Of Munster 
  • The Torn Petticoat  
  • The Wheels of the World 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Madrid, Spain
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  • 2012-10-15 00:00:00.0 review

    I don't normally write reviews but i thought that this one deserved it. Starts from the very basic and you work your way up with the tracks, learning as you go. The cd tracks are great and even come with accompaniment the second time they loop round which is...

    great! I don't give many books 5 stars but this one of them! Also, its quite a thick book with a lot of content so will keep you busy for awhile.

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  • 5

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  • 2009-04-06 00:00:00.0 Recommended.

    Worth it! Easy to follow directions, CDs extremely helpful and fun to play along with. Fun stuff to play at parties.

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