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Irish Fiddle tunes
« on: Mar 29, 2011, 11:52:29 PM »
I'm sorry if this is covered in another post, I really did search. Does anyone know of any good sites that have Irish fiddle tunes with both the sheet music and mp3's? I am one that learns a tune by both reading and listening, so both are preferred. I would love to maybe learn a new tune every week or so.
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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #1 on: Mar 30, 2011, 12:58:51 AM »
I'm sorry if this is covered in another post, I really did search. Does anyone know of any good sites that have Irish fiddle tunes with both the sheet music and mp3's? I am one that learns a tune by both reading and listening, so both are preferred. I would love to maybe learn a new tune every week or so.
Tammy

Hi Tammy - try TheSession.org - no mp3's but sheet music is available as well as midi's.  Midi's help a bit w/rhythm in my opinion.  You will also find interesting comments in the Tunes Section and the search function works fairly well.  You don't have to join to see the sheet music but you do have to join if you want to hear the midi's.  the Tunes section also includes lists of albums on which the tune is played.  TheSession was founded as a way to keep the music alive and to share old and new tunes - according to the founder.  It's been around for a very long time.  It's my go to site for Irish trad info.  A fair bit of slagging goes with the territory - I enjoy it very much.


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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #2 on: Mar 30, 2011, 01:37:11 AM »
To hear a midi, take the ABC for the tune and paste it into Concertina.net's Tune-A-Tron
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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #3 on: Mar 30, 2011, 03:06:56 AM »
Not at all what you're asking for, Tammy, but I've been fond of listening to Jim McCauley, who posts on youtube as fiddle4u.
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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #4 on: Mar 30, 2011, 06:24:40 AM »
There are 2 or 3 in this series (book/cd combo) that might help you.  http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Session-Tunes-Blue-Book/dp/1900428121.  Not as good as learning your local setting/version of the same tunes, of course, but it can get you started in a pinch.  it's kinda bare-bones playing; if you want heavily ornamented tunes, you'll have to look elsewhere. ;)

And no, there are not any good websites similar to what you are seeking.  at least that i am aware of.


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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #5 on: Mar 30, 2011, 08:47:52 AM »
If you're serious about learning some Irish fiddle it may be beneficial to invest in one of the great tutors about, which will have sheet music, a CD of recordings and most importantly a discussion of bowing and ornamentation techniques so you can work towards an authentic sound.

The two books often recommended on here are

The Irish Fiddle Book - Matt Cranitch
The Complete Irish Fiddle Player - Pete Cooper

Make sure you get the versions with the CD.

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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #6 on: Mar 30, 2011, 11:36:24 AM »
Hi,  Tammy,
the suggestions above are good. I'd also point you to the Fiddlers'Companion at http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html. Again, you would need to copy the ABCs and paste them online. Or, if you're using Windows, I could send you some software off-list.
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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #7 on: Jun 24, 2011, 11:48:03 AM »
amazed no-one has pointed you towards the other SESSION, the BBC Session, great notation, and the tunes are played by Michael Mcgoldrick et al so played really really well. Not a huge list of thousands, but plenty to get you started and you can slow it down too.

I use it a lot. The tunes are neatly gathered into separate rhythms, jigs/slip jigs/reels/airs ermmmmmmmmm...have a look!!

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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #8 on: Jun 24, 2011, 09:48:54 PM »
amazed no-one has pointed you towards the other SESSION, the BBC Session, great notation, and the tunes are played by Michael Mcgoldrick et al so played really really well.

Thank you Lyn!

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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #9 on: Jun 25, 2011, 11:19:22 AM »
I'll second that thank you. Can't believe I haven't seen this before, but I'm sure it will be very helpful.
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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #10 on: Jun 25, 2011, 05:06:28 PM »
Yep, anyone not found it should go to bbc.co.uk the virtual session. What gives it a definite edge to anything else is the quality of the session players - imagine having in your front room at the click of a mouse:

Ian Carr on guitar - John McCusker on fiddle - Mike McGoldrick on flute - Tomai Taylor on b*&%$*n and Karen Tweed on accordian.
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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #11 on: Jun 26, 2011, 02:38:16 AM »
The actual link is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/r2music/folk/sessions/

Looks like a FANTASTIC resource!!!

Thanks so much- I'm listening to "Rose in the Heather" right now, and I can already sense how inspiring this is going to be!!!

Also, the tempos seem sensible so far- MODERATE!  Not so slow they seem unnatural, but slow enough to give you a chance at keeping up.

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Re: Irish Fiddle tunes
« Reply #12 on: Aug 16, 2011, 03:55:42 PM »
Don't know if anyone has mentioned: http://www.tradirishmusic.org/index_files/ExtHome3.html. Very useful site.

 




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