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Teach yourself the tin whistle with this easy-to-use instruction kit that includes a genuine Clarke tin whistle (handmade in England since 1843), a 74-minute CD, and an 80-page handbook for players of all levels.
No previous musical training is necessary. Using tablature based on the first seven letters of the alphabet, the complete beginner can learn to play a simple tune in a matter of minutes. Then, through a specially selected series of folk tunes, beginners are guided through all the basics of playing one step at a time.
Intermediate players will enjoy exploring the book's outstanding selection of traditional music from Ireland, England, Scotland and early America. There are 83 pieces in all -- jigs, reels, hornpipes, highland flings, fife tunes, morris dances, slow airs and lots more. Each tune is played on the CD to facilitate learning.
The book also includes a tin whistle ornamentation tutorial for advanced players, as well as extensive historical notes. The text is illustrated throughout with Victorian woodcut engravings. Recommended for ages 8 to adult.
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Author/musician Bill Ochs has been called "a central figure in the renaissance of the tin whistle" by National Public Radio's All Things Considered and "the leading tin whistle teacher in North America" by The Irish Voice. He has devoted over thirty years to playing and teaching the instrument. Performing credits include playing and arranging the music for the Broadway production of O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet, as well as touring the U.S. in the NEA-sponsored program The Best in Irish Music and Dance in America.Review:
A great book to bring along to a weekend learning session...the selection of tunes is very good. -- John Brophy, Irish Music, September, 2001
One of the best introductions to traditional music ever written...a best-seller in its field... -- Don Meade, The Irish Voice, June 13, 2001
Very user-friendly...a teaching method that works well for students of all ages. -- Dave Soyars, Dirty Linen, Dec. '01/Jan. '02
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