The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

We love Grey's new book. We believe that this volume is "required reading" for the Irish flute playing community, and as well for the Irish music community at large. More details about the book appear below.

The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle

"Grey has, through his research, patience, and diligence, completed a work on Irish flute and tin whistle that I feel is essential reading for anybody interested in getting it right."

- Matt Molloy, Irish Flute player with the Chieftains

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 (1925-2001) 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.

For more details, please preview the Table of Contents, or the Foreword by Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, MBA, Ph.D.

480 pages, with downloadable audio examples and content. .

Price: $49.99
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