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Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (Penny & Tin Whistle) [Paperback]

Tomas O'Canainn
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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Ossian Publications Ltd (1 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946005842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946005840
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 20.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A major collection of traditional Irish Slow airs that captures the essence and beauty of traditional music. Included in the 118 airs, that make up this fabulous compilation, are some of the great old style airs as well as tunes by Carolan and other favourite and well known pieces. Author Tomas O Canainn has a lifetime of experience both performing and teaching Irish music and his selection of beautiful, soaring, majestic slow airs is ideal for extending your repertoire for any melody instrument. These relatively easy pieces are also suitable for those approaching Irish Slow Airs for the first time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure-house of beautiful old tunes 1 Dec 2009
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a wonderful book. It is not easy to find a good compendium of slow folk tunes - there are plenty jaunty ones - but the old Irish tunes are so individual, so strange in some cases and so beautiful that to have 118 in one book, as happens here, is cause for great rejoicing! The tunes are set out very clearly in largish print, very easy to read, and are conscientiously edited for slurs and phrase-marks ; metronome marks (often very slow) are given for most tunes. My only slight quibble, as I have no Irish Gaelic, is that I would have liked translations of those titles which are in Gaelic. No matter. This is a fine book and very good value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes but no! 8 Nov 2012
By Duke_sc
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I bought this book to learn beautiful lilting melodies to play on a low D whistle. It's packed full of great songs which will keep me busy for many a year. It's not a course in playing the whistle and from that point of view does not really suit beginners. Having said that there are a few songs that with patience even a beginner can learn to play.

The book is great...the CD however is another thing entirely. I find it much easier to pick up a tune after having heard it a few times. So naturally I thought the CD would really prove useful. That's not been my experience. The tunes as played on the CD are so drastically modified in terms of phrasing and ornamentation that it is often impossible to follow along with them in the book. It's lovely to listen to as a music CD but as an aid to learning the tunes I've found it to be of much less use.

I get it that Irish music has a flow all of its own and that written music can't hope to capture the spirit of it as it is actually played. I just wish the CD music was a wee bit closer to the book's notation for the sake of those of us attempting to learn these pieces.

For that reason I can only give it 4 stars.

P.S. The numbers in the book are 1 number behind those in the CD - I think because of the song sung which doesn't appear in the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great content, terrible binding 22 Jun 2011
First of all I don't have any quibble with the content of this book which is excellent. However within a few minutes of flicking (gently) through the book, the glue of the binding cracked and split and the pages fell out in several chunks. Obviously this is undesirable in any book, but in a music book especially the binding is vital - a good music book should open completely flat and remain open when propped on a music stand. I am waiting to hear from Amazon customer service obout this matter, but in my experience they are helpful and accommodating and I fully expect to be offered a replacement. With luck the replacement will not suffer from the same fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Many thanks. 3 April 2014
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Great service. This book is a valuable addition to the musician's library. Highly recommended buy for the traditional Irish musician.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book has plenty of lovely Irish tunes, and many in the beautiful Irish language, which is a plus. However, as I bought this for my partner, who is only starting to learn the Irish Tin Whistle, it is perhaps not suitable. However, as I have some knowledge of music, I am able to 'translate' it into 'dots' until their is some knowlege there. It has a beautiful cover to it. The only problem I would have with it is that it is not also in the 'dot' form for beginners of the Tin Whistle and maybe also a CD for those who are not familiar with the tunes. Otherwise a nice buy. If you are going to buy this book, I would suggest making sure (as I did not) that you buy the one that includes the CD's, so you can become familiar with the tunes.
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