By Peter Cooper. This practical guide to the art of Irish fiddle playing presents 80 traditional tunes including reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and more, all complete with bowing and chords. This course is not for the total beginner on violin. You need to be able to play at least simple pieces in first position. Music reading ability is also recommended.
Title: The Complete Irish Fiddle Player, Published by Mel Bay Publications
This book is filled with wonderful arrangements that are stylistically authentic, full-sounding, yet technically accessible (each arrangement is in the first position). Suitable for recitals, or just practice. Chord symbols are included or you may purchase the piano accompaniment part. Includes a diverse sampling of Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and airs.
Title: The Magic of Irish Fiddling, By McCabe, Larry, Published by Santorella Publications, Ltd.
The book is designed to make the personal aspects of traditional Irish fiddle playing, improvisation and interpretation, accessible to novice players. Drawing on his experience writing out reels, jigs and other tunes for new players at a North London session and teaching fiddle, the author conveys what to do with tunes to make them your own. The first part of the book discusses such subjects as the "language" of traditional music, posture, bowing, and effective practice, with a detailed analysis of left and right hand technique. The second section is a selection of tunes that demonstrate the ideas in the first part. The aim of the book is to allow the player to look more closely at their technique while also improving accuracy and speed. A recording adds an extra dimension to the learning experience.
Title: Irish Fiddle Playing, Edited by Philip John Berthoud, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 99402BCD
by Abby Newton. Includes Catskill Mountain Air, Loftus Jones, Sister Jean, Tarboltan Lodge, Crossing to Ireland, Independence Trail and many more traditional tunes. Written in bass clef. Late intermediate to advanced level. 31 pgs.
Title: Crossing To Scotland: Celtic Music For Cello, Published by Mel Bay Publications