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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications (26 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786634111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786634118
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 22.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Cobcroft on 16 Feb. 2003
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This thick book is a collection of traditional harp tunes, arranged for fingerstyle guitar (yes, Londonderry Air/Danny Boy is in there). The conversion seems nicely done, so the pieces are playable without any further accompaniment (admittedly, I'm not familiar with most of the original versions). Most of them are a page long (there's a couple of longer ones) and a few use alternate tunings. The music is presented in standard notation and tab.
Worthwhile for intermediate guitarists who want to try out the genre, but note that it doesn't come with a CD (makes it hard to know what pieces to start with, if you're not already familiar with them).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Thorburn on 6 Mar. 2014
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This is amzing, the best way posible to define this type of music. It's the most moving music on the planet.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralf on 17 Mar. 2013
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There are some really nice tunes in this book and, with a hundred of them, plenty to go at and not involving detuning all the time (there are some tunes where the bottom D string is detuned to E, but that is all). These are not easy arrangements though and is not a book for beginners. However, the tabs help a lot, especially when the tune involves the dusty end of the finger board.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
interesting collection for intermediate guitar 12 Nov. 2002
By Kathleen Cobcroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Celtic Encyclopedia is an interesting collection of traditional Irish pieces, mostly one page long - some a little longer. (Yes, it does have a version of "Danny Boy") Many are arranged from harp music, which works quite well, and most of them are quite obscure (at least to me). There aren't any "melody line" pieces - they all seem to be well rounded, with interesting harmonies that allow them to stand alone.
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Interesting Harmony, Playable Arrangements 10 Mar. 2006
By W. R. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I borrowed this book from a band mate and liked it so much, I had to get my own copy. The arrangements are pleasing and straightforward and mostly in standard or dropped D tuning. The harmony is full enough to be interesting without being edgy or a dull drone.

I have a couple other fingerstyle books and was always a little disappointed with arrangements that just played the tune over a few open bass strings and required extensive retuning [DADGAD, DADF#AD, BADFAD ;), EAEGAD etc] between songs/tunes.

Good selection of material,too.
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Straightforward, really good arrangements 2 April 2012
By Nigel - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been through the fingerstyle guitar renaissance that blossomed in the 90's I have bought many books of Celtic inspired music, most of which have been in altered tunings. Glenn Weiser took a different approach. Classically trained as a guitarist, he created arrangements that reflect his background: these are in standard tuning or dropped-D tuning (ie, 6th string tuned down a step) and they have more going on for the thumb to do than most arrangements. The altered tunings arrangements in most other books get old because they use a few drone strings for bass. Weisner takes the bass part seriously and introduces lots of moving bass lines and counterpoint. I love playing it. Over all they are pleasing to play and relatively easy IF you are an experienced fingerstylist or a classical guitarist. They are very straight forward and rely heavily on basic chord shapes such as G C and D in first position. (Though most songs make forays into the upper frets). They actually sound better than almost any other arrangments I can think of and they are very friendly to play. You also don't have to devote a month to learning a piece--they are so intuitive and "guitaristic" that you can learn them quickly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just buy everything Glenn Weiser offers for Celtic Fingerstyle 13 Oct. 2008
By P. S. Neeley - Published on Amazon.com
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Just buy everything Glenn Weiser offers for Celtic Fingerstyle. Go ahead, just click on his name, and buy his several volumes (especially this one). You'll have tons of good arrangements that will give you 2 or 3 years of material and then you'll come back to them again and again.
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Great Guitar Book! 1 Sept. 2010
By Fejs24 - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first buy a music book, I usually do a quick read and play-through to see how I like the songs and will mark a little dot next to the title in the front contents page. If it comes with a CD I might just skim through the CD. I found myself marking nearly every song in this book. there are some very beautiful pieces in various celtic styles. I like that each song has a little note about the piece and where the author found the selected pieces.
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