A Complete Guide to Learning the Irish Flute by Fintan Vallely
A unique visual and descriptive 'method' for all levels of learning and playing on the keyed and unkeyed 'Irish' or wooden flutes. Tried and tested, this is a greatly expanded and improved update of the very first Irish flute tutor, Timber, which was published in 1986. Its 136 pages are packed with background information and suitable for players at all levels, from the most basic to the most advanced. The tutor also serves as a guide to understanding the principles of Irish traditional music and will prove useful to any aspiring traditional player. With 105 notated tunes and two companion CDs with 180 tracks of tuition, ornamentation and music examples, Irish music lovers will find this book a valuable resource. Vallely's method is also perfectly suited to the tin whistle.
Fintan Vallely is a musician and writer on traditional music. He published the first ground-breaking tutor for Irish flute in 1986 and for many years has taught flute at the renowned Willie Clancy summer school in Co. Clare and at seasonal schools and workshops internationally. He has recorded on flute with guitarist Mark Simos and in song with Tim Lyons. As a critic and educator, he has written for The Irish Times and Sunday Tribune through the 1990s and has lectured on traditional music in Irish and UK universities since 1995. He is editor of the widely praised and award-winning Companion to Irish Traditional Music (1999, 2011) the encyclopaedia of Irish traditional music, and has other books on song, music and musicians — among them biographies of Antrim flute player John Kennedy and Leitrim fiddler Ben Lennon. Over the years, Vallely has done extensive research on both the bodhrán and flute in Ireland and he brings that invaluable store of knowledge and insight to this new edition.
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