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Superb, Incredibly Comprehensive
on 1 June 2004
As a classically trained flute and recorder player, I've dabbled with irish music and the odd 'penny' whistle. But somehow it never quite sounded right. Now I know why! This book is outstanding, and should have been called 'The Complete Comprehensive Guide'. It covers all aspects of practicing and playing irish music on the flute and whistle, as well as a history of the music and comprehensive notes and transcriptions of tunes from the masters like Matt Molloy.
The section on ornamentation (the 'twiddly bits') covers 160 pages and is frankly astonishing. Every possible type of musical embellishment is detailed with examples, careful description and exercises, all accompanied by demonstrations on the accompanying CD. The CDs are a good example of the thought and attention to detail - some tracks contain a metronome to help you maintain the 'pulse'. This has been recorded on one stero channel whilst the flute plays in the other so you can adjust the balance between the two as you wish when practicing!
I paid £35 for this book in a London folk music shop and it was worth every penny. I have hardly put down my whistle since buying it. I can not recommend it highly enough for anyone serious about playing irish flute of whistle music.