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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Celtic style guitar, 12 May 2007
A. J. Sturgess "Alan Sturgess" (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Celtic Guitar Songbook (Strum It Guitar) (Paperback)
'Celtic guitar' is usually taken to mean 'Irish' and that's predominantly the case with this book -- but one of the best ways to learn to play in a Celtic 'style' is to immerse yourself in traditional music. For the most part, Celtic music is driven by melody, not chordal patterns, but the range of music in this book gives you an easy introduction to both areas by focusing on a selection of generally very well known tunes. Listed alphabetically, these are -

A Nation Once Again

Black Velvet Band

Bold Fenian Men


Cockles And Mussels (Molly Malone)

Danny Boy

Eileen Aroon

Fiddler's Green

Finnegan's Wake

Galway Bay

Hunting The Hare

I'll Tell Me Ma

I'm A Rover And Seldom Sober

Jug Of Punch

Kerry Dance


Lannigan's Ball

Leaving Of Liverpool

McNamara's Band

McSorley Twins

Mick McGuire

My Wild Irish Rose

Sailors Hornpipe

Seven Drunken Nights

Star Of County Down

The Bold Tenant Farmer

The Foggy Dew

The Irish Washerwoman

The Mountains Of Mourne

The Queen Of Connemara

The Rose Of Tralee

The Spanish Lady

The Wild Colonial Boy

Whiskey In The Jar

Wild Rover

I was surprised to see 'She moved through the fair' has not been included as that is not only a very easy tune to play - and a very beautiful one - but it surely brings the best of 'Celtic style' all together into one song.

If you're new to guitar playing, I suggest you look at 'Star of the County Down' which (depending upon which musical key you choose) is probably one of the easiest melodies to learn and is one that can be played both slowly and sadly or furiously fast with high energy.
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Celtic Guitar Songbook (Strum It Guitar)
Celtic Guitar Songbook (Strum It Guitar) by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (Paperback - 31 Mar 2002)
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