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Celtic Guitar (Acoustic Masters) Sheet music – 5 Feb 2007

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  • Sheet music: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Publications Inc.,U.S.; Pap/Com edition (5 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769296807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769296807
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Alfred Music Publishing is the world-s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred-s home office is located in Los Angeles with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world, including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA. Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level.

Forty beautiful Celtic melodies arranged for solo fingerstyle guitar. All the songs are arranged to be easily playable. Most of the songs are in standard tuning plus there is an additional section in DADGAD tuning. A CD is included featuring all the songs.


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By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2004
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This book contains some real classics. The level is intermediate - I definately wouldn't recommend it to a beginner and I'd say it's best to have some experience playing fingerstyle as well.
As with most books of this kind, the accompanying CD is gives a good idea of the tunes but is far from inspiring (no dynamics or personality). That's my only criticism and I wouldn't say it's particularly important.
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The reason for the title is that this is almost irish arrangement by numbers. There are plenty of varied tunes, airs to reels to jigs etc, but there is a sort of plodding-ness to it all. Some work better than others. On the whole I would recommend another book entirely - Mel Bays Complete Celtic Guitar, but this one works well enough. The tunes are not really difficult, and it would be a good book for a beginner trying to get to intermediate level.
Perhaps Mr Weiser has left the reader with the option of providing grace notes, and other ornamentations which make the Celtic Style so unique, because there's not much here.
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The appeal of Celtic tunes for the guitar is something that interests many musicians and the volume of music from Glenn Weiser is a good choice for mid level players.
The notation is accurate and TAB is also useful to get the right fingerings for some of the more complex pieces. The CD is very useful if you are struggling with tempo and times.
Each tune has a few notes regarding it's source and pedigree. My favorite is the beautiful O'Carolan tune called "Blind Mary'.
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This is a very well put together package, thoughtfully arranged with an interesting variety of pieces. This is quality stuff and vital for any Celtic inspired fingerstyle guitarist. Not for the beginner more intermediate and above. I've certainly added some to my regularly played repertoire. I did find myself adding flourishes and variations of my own, however I'm sure that is what Glenn Weiser would expect. My only slight criticism is that some arrangements felt like they had come from a more classical interpretation than folk conception. The CD is well played and illustrative of the pieces, but no slower versions for those wanting to 'skill build' whilst playing along. Forty pieces covering a comprehensive range - everything from Airs, Reels, Jigs, to Hornpipes; a section on Turlough O'Carolan and DADGAD arrangements. Overall a good example of its kind, probably much better than most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars List of tunes 1 Oct. 2014
By Lance Benson - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a review, since I haven't started in on it yet, but here is a list of the tunes in this book.

Standard Guitar Tuning
Airs, Marches & Waltzes
Bonnie Dundee
Jack O'Hazeldon
Katie Dwyer
Lord Lovat's Lament
O'Connell's Lamentation
The Southwind

Compositions of Turlough O'Carolan
Blind Mary
Sir Festus Burke
Carolan's Draught
Constantine Maquire
Charles O'Conor
Planxty Irwin

Reels
Drowsy Maggie
The Green Fields of America
The Maid behind the Bar
Napoleon Crossing the Rhine
Paddy on the Railroad
Sleepy Maggie
Staten Island Hornpipe
Temperance Reel

Jigs
Castle Drummond
The Gallowglass
The Hundred Pipers
Langstrom's Pony
Morrison's Jig
Paddy Whack
Smash the Windows
Top of Cork Road

Hornpipes
Bryne's Hornpipe
Chief O'Neill's Favorite
The Cuckoo's Nest
Murphy's Hornpipe
Rickett's Hornpipe
The Tailor's Twist

DADGAD
Carrickfergus
Farewell to Whiskey
Garret Barry's Jig
The Harvest Home
Star of the County Down
The Traveler
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 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 brought 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: although there is a small token DADGAD section (which is best ignored), most of 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 with a couple of years under your belt. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Value For Intermediate & Above Guitarists 5 Dec. 2010
By Capt. M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This has to be one of the best deals for any guitarist seeking to learn some arrangements of celtic guitar. Forty songs laid out in clear audio (CD) and tab. The arrangements are simple but effective. One reviewer criticized that they may be a little too classical sounding or sterile. Doesn't matter IMO. Learn them and then play them in your own style. (Or as Bill Monroe is alleged to have said, "Learn everything the other fella can do so that ya can play it just like him. Then, don't play that."

As for the reviewer who complained about a bass guitar being added, it is DEFINITELY the bass line of Weiser himself playing solo arrangements of the songs. Nothing added.

Buy it, try it
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful to hear and fun to play 11 April 2002
By hamsterdance - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent collection of Celtic tunes comprise this book/cd set. It is not a "method" or "how-to-play" celtic guitar book but if you're looking for fingerstyle celtic repertoire this is a great place to start. Most pieces are played with standard or drop D tuning but 6 use DADGAD tuning. They all should be within reach of any advanced beginner to intermediate guitarist as many are played within the first four frets - some move higher up the neck and one piece reaches up to the 12th fret. For those who prefer tablature each instrumental is given in both tab and standard notation. The cd helps insure the player is interpreting the written music as the author meant. Overall the selection of instrumentals is high - everything from reels, jigs, airs, waltzes, marches and hornpipe to arrangements of O'Carolan tunes are here. Definitely a two-thumbs up.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tune book - you won't be disappinted!!! 6 Jan. 2007
By Rony Galor - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a guitar teacher

The book is not for begginers but if you have a good right hand technic

and reading tabs or and notes this is a great book with wonderful irish tunes.

most of the tunes are in standart tunning and some in drop D and some in special tunning.

some of the tunes sounds like a classical pieces not so irish but beautiful on their own right.

the notes are an exact transcription of the wonderfull CD.

any one who buy this book and learn it good would have a great recital to perform with. buy this book cause this author is a great musician and teacher!
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