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Play the beautiful haunting melodies of the Irish Harper O'Carolan.
Take a musical journey with dances written more than 400 years ago.
Experience Celtic traditional music that is the mainstay of modern
players. In addition, this book also includes three charming original
tunes written in the Celtic style by Allan Alexander. This High
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"Celtic Music for Guitar" contains 31 pieces
Road to Listonvarna/The Morris Dance - Traditional Irish - Two
Traditional tunes from Ireland joined in a medley. They sound as if
they were written to be played this way.
- Wo Betyd Thy Waerie Bodie - Lute Piece from Scotland - This is a
lute tune from Scotland. Interestingly, the only original part is the
first two lines, but they are so haunting that I wrote variations to
fill the piece out. I usually try to stay with the original tuning
for the guitar, but there is just no way to make this tune work
without tuning the 3rd string down to F# to keep the intervals like
the lute, and the sixth down to D for the low notes. People that read
music might find the tablature easier with this tuning.
- Nynth Gwcw - Traditional Irish - One of the more difficult tunes
in the book, but accessible for most people, and great practice for slurs.
- Heartland Air - Allan Alexander I wrote this tune for my wife for
her birthday. Over time, I have come to realize just how much I love
this piece. I never seem to tire of it.
- Variations on an Untitled Lute Dance - Lute Piece from Scotland -
The original of this is a bit different, and can be found in lute
tablature, but I actually prefer my modified version. When I play the
lute, I use this version.
- Separation of Soul and Body - Turlough Carolan - This tune really
shows you how a great tune, though it is short, can be incredibly
effective. It's one of my favorite Carolan tunes. When I perform it,
I do each section 2 times, then repeat the entire piece.
- Corne Yards - Lute piece from Scotland - Another example of a
tune that was originally written for the lute. I find it amazing how
much it sounds like traditional music from Ireland and Scotland. I
love it so much that I had to write additional variations so I could
have a longer piece.
- Thomas Burke - Turlough Carolan - Classic Carolan, just a
wonderful tune. Some of the left hand stretches may be a little
difficult if you aren't used to bars, (beginning of the third line)
but things like this are really typical of guitar music, spend the
time and learn how to do it It will open up worlds to you.
- Rug Muire Mac De Dhia - Traditional Irish - This is actually a
Christmas tune, though to me it sounds more like "Celtic
Blues." Another piece that was too short for me. I wrote the
variation to be able to have more of what I like. Not too hard to play.
- Morgan Megan - Turlough Carolan - Another one of my favorite
Carolan pieces. It really doesn't need anything, but to make it more
interesting to play, I modified the harmonies and melody a bit when I
stated the tune a second time.
- Castles in the Sky - Traditional Scottish - I changed it a bit to
make it more appealing, if you want to search, you can find the
original melody and play with making an arrangement yourself. It's
how I started.
- Carolan's Welcome Home - Turlough Carolan A very well known
- Sheebag Sheemore - Turlough Carolan - This is supposed to be the
first tune Carolan wrote. Because he started playing music late in
life, he was not as proficient as other harpists. He was encouraged
by a patron to write music so he would have an advantage over other players.
- Carolan's Ramble to Cashel - Turlough Carolan - Another haunting
- The Queen's Dream - Turlough Carolan - Do all the repeats and
play it as long as you can. Its a great tune.
- Comben Market - Ellen O'Grady - Traditional Irish I wrote the
introduction to this for the usual reason, I wanted the tune to go on
for longer. The two pieces make a great medley.
- A Lilt - Rory Dall - An early lute piece from Scotland. The first
part is almost the original, the variation is a pleasant contrast.
Another one of my favorites.
- Carolan's Quarrel With the Landlady - Turlough Carolan - I love
to make the notes ring in this well known Carolan classic.
- I Never Knew I Loved Thee - Lute piece from Scotland - An
original lute piece from 16th century Scotland. I have not changed a
note here, simply modified the fingering to suit the tuning of the guitar.
- Mrs. Farrel - Turlough Carolan I don't remember hearing a
recording of this one. It works quite well on the guitar and is
- Linda's Love - Allan Alexander - One of my pieces that came out
sounding Celtic. I came home from hearing Paul McCartney's band, and
was inspired to write this little tune for him. The band had played
some things that sounded very Gaelic.
- I Serve A Worthy Ladie - 16th Century mandora piece - This is a
16th century renaissance tune written for mandora. I have filled it
out and corrected things so they would make more sense to me. One of
my favorite tunes from Scotland.
- Dermott O'Doud - Turlough Carolan - It's easy to overlook the
quality of this tune because it's only a page long. Do all the
repeats and then play it again.
- Cremonea - Turlough Carolan - This would work wonderfully as a
medley the above piece or with "The Queen's Dream."
- The Butterfly - Traditional Irish - One of my favorite Celtic
tunes. I have yet to see an arrangement of this tune for guitar. This
is a good tune for becoming familiar with higher positions.
- The Clergy's Lamentation - Turlough Carolan A nice setting of
another Carolan piece. His ability to write wonderful melodies is amazing.
- A Port - Rory Dall - Some of the harmonies and the phrasing in
this tune may seem a little unfamiliar, but if you continue to play
it, it will start to sound good. The disc or tape will help on this one.
- Cary Jane - Allan Alexander - This is a tune that I wrote for a
friend of mine. The triplets in line 5 are fun to play, and it makes
a good concert tune.
- Mrs. O'Neil of Carlane - Turlough Carolan - There is no question
that Carolan's music is a "National Treasure" of Ireland.
- Blackthorn Stick - Traditional Scottish - It was fun harmonizing
this and writing the variation.
- Carolan's Memories - Allan Alexander - In memory of Turlough Carolan.
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Presented in both Tablature and Music Notation
The music is presented in both music notation and guitar TAB (for
people that do not read music). The music notation is clear and
crisp. It contains complete clear fingerings for the guitar. These
will help you to learn the tunes quickly whether you depend on the
tablature or the music.
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Comes With a Compact Disc of the Pieces Performed
by Allan Alexander
The CD, played by Allan Alexander, gives the musician the advantage
of being able to hear how these songs can be played and will make the
learning process easier. This is a high quality Digital recording
(DDD). In addition to helping the player become familiar with the
music, it will also be a source of listening pleasure.
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A High Quality Collection of Music From Ireland
If you are learning and looking for great music, this is one book
that you will not be able to put down. If you are a performer looking
for high quality material, these great pieces, expertly arranged,
will become part of your permanent repertoire. Many of these pieces
were originally written for the lute, however Allan has found that
they also work naturally on guitar. Other pieces are traditional
tunes that have been arranged specifically for guitar. Many of the
selections have variations which add to the length of otherwise short
pieces. Allan is a professional performer and these selections are
part of Allan's permanent repertoire.
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