Tin Whistle Toolbox
By Grey Larsen
180 pages - includes CD
About the Author...
Grey Larsen has been playing and studying tin whistle, Irish flute, and Anglo
concertina since the early 1970s, learning both from elder masters in Ireland,
and from those who had emigrated to his own home turf in the American Midwest.
He has taught, performed, and recorded widely throughout North America, Europe,
and Australia. Also since the 1970s, Grey has been playing and exploring the
traditional fiddle music of his native Midwest and Appalachia.
Quote from Joanie
of Cherish the Ladies (about this book):
"An essential set of tools for the
beginning and intermediate tin whistle player. I highly recommend it!"
All the tools the beginner, novice, and intermediate tin
whistle player needs in order to progress to a high level of competence in Irish
music. Includes an "Orientation to Traditional Irish Music" which puts the music
in context, with information on scales and modes, dance tune types, the
historical roots of whistle playing, and advice for learning by ear. The book is
full of thorough instruction, exercises, and musical examples: from holding,
fingering, breathing, and blowing, on up to advanced ornamentation, phrasing,
and variations. Features a simple and penetrating new approach to understanding
and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method, as well as
history and theory of traditional Irish tin whistle music. For those who don't
read music, almost all the exercises and examples appear on the companion CD.
This book/CD set is for...
The beginner, novice, and intermediate tin whistle (pennywhistle)
player, and everyone who is eager to learn about the nuts and bolts,
and the heart and soul of traditional Irish music.
With this book/CD set you will...
* Learn a clear and compelling new approach to Irish ornamentation.
* Discover a simplified system for notating Irish ornamentation.
* Hone your ornamentation skills with 119 exercises.
* Develop your fingering dexterity and comfort with
thorough and careful instruction.
* Receive systematic guidance on tin whistle ergonomics
(your physical relationship with the instrument) and tone production.
* Learn to play in a relaxed way and prevent stress
injuries. This is critical information for the absolute beginner and
advanced player alike.
* Learn to play more eloquently with comprehensive
advice on breathing, phrasing, articulation, and practice techniques.
* Gain deeper insight into traditional Irish music
through an extensive survey of Irish music theory and history.
* Own a CD that contains 92 tracks of the author playing
all the exercises and examples notated in the book, plus computer software
and links to important online resources.
* View numerous photographs, diagrams, illustrations,
and examples in music notation that illuminate and expand upon the text.
* Refer to a detailed fingering chart for tin whistle.
* Gain the insight to understand how the great tin
whistle players make such beautiful music, and start making some yourself!
You may also download (at
the following materials that
supplement this book:
* 38 exercises for developing finger coordination and
dexterity, presented in music notation and with explanatory text.
* Sound recordings of the author playing these 38 exercises.
* Complete versions, in music notation, of the Irish
tunes that appear in partial form as examples throughout this book.
* Sound recordings of the author playing these same tunes, as notated.
* Even more Irish tunes at Grey Larsen's Irish Tune Bank.
Then, when you're ready to dig deeper, get
Grey Larsen's The Essential Guide to Irish Flute
and Tin Whistle, which:
* Continues to explore ornamentation with advanced
techniques such as cranns, double-cut rolls, condensed rolls and cranns,
single trills, shakes, and more.
* Includes still more ornamentation exercises.
* Delves into the subject of ornamentation through melodic variation.
* Covers Irish flute as well as tin whistle, exploring
their vast common ground and contrasting their differences.
* Provides essential advice, from Joanie Madden and
others, for Boehm-system flute players who want to play their instrument in
a traditional Irish style.
* Contains far more historical material, including 27
meticulous transcriptions of important flute and whistle players' recordings
from 1925-2001, along with analytical commentary and biographical material
on each player.
* Spans 480 pages, includes two CDs, and provides more
than 150 photographs, diagrams, and illustrations.
You might also want to take
a look at Grey's first book:
The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and
between The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle
and The Essential Tin
Celtic Encyclopedia for Irish Flute (the third book)
Celtic Encyclopedia for Tin Whistle (the fourth book)
We also have the following Grey Larsen CDs
(you'll find sample audio clips here too):
The Orange Tree
The Green House
Dark of the Moon
The Essential Tin Whistle
By Grey Larsen
Catalog# 60655 - Price $28.50