THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO IRISH FLUTE AND TIN WHISTLE
by Grey Larsen
I do not usually carry materials from major US labels or publishers, but I feel compelled to do so in this case because Grey Larsen's new book, published by Mel Bay, is a remarkable resource for flute and whistle players and I want to do my part in getting the word around about it. With 480 pages and two companion CDs (and weighing in at 3 lbs!), this is as comprehensive a study of Irish traditional flute and whistle playing techniques as one might wish for. Larsen's descriptions of ornamentation and phrasing are most thorough, and all of his teaching is put in context with a wealth of historical information about the instruments and their players. Perhaps most remarkable is the final section of the book, nearly 80 pages of complete transcriptions (including variations) of recorded performances, including some by early players like John McKenna and Tom Morrison, as well as by other luminaries like Paddy Taylor, Paddy Carty, Matt Molloy, Willie Clancy, Mary Bergin, etc, etc. Truly a major achievement, and one which should be extremely helpful to students of the genre.