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This review is from: Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (Paperback)
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.