A Complete Guide to Learning the Irish Flute 2nd Edition-Fintan Vallely
A Complete Guide to Learning the Irish Flute 2nd Edition-Fintan Vallely A Complete Guide to Learning the Irish Flute is the most comprehensive tutor yet for keyed and unkeyed ‘Irish’ wooden flutes. Originally published in 1986 under the title Timber, Fintan Vallely’s tutor was the first-ever guide to learning the wooden flute and has become the source for countless students of the instrument in Irish music. This new, revised, expanded and thoroughly illustrated edition is designed for all levels, from the absolute beginner to advanced player. With his comprehensive, step-by-step guidance and entertaining and highly informative text, Vallely takes the learner through every aspect of flute playing – from holding, blowing and fingering to ornamentation, breathing, articulation and practice. Photographs illustrate the instructions throughout, and a 2-CD set of recordings with 180 tracks not only demonstrates everything from how to read music to all of the techniques discussed, but also includes recordings of each of the 100 tunes in the book.
Fintan Vallely has been playing the flute for half a century. He has performed in Europe, Scotland and England, Australia and the United States and has recorded two albums. He has also taught flute at the prestigious Willie Clancy summer school in Co. Clare since the 1980s and has hosted many workshops on the instrument in Ireland and abroad. A renowned scholar of Irish traditional music, Vallely has edited several major books on the subject, notably two editions of the authoritative A-Z Companion to Irish Traditional Music (1999 and 2011) and Together in Time (2001), an ethnography of Antrim flute player John Kennedy. He has researched and lectured on Irish traditional music and its history and performance in several colleges and universities and is presently developing his 2005 doctoral flute research as a history of the flute in Irish music.
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