Playing With An Irish Accent


Session Tunes and Ornamentation – For Hammered Dulcimer

(All Levels)

This book answers the question, “Why doesn’t it sound Irish even when I play all the right notes?” Clearly there is much more to the Irish style besides its notes and rhythms. The introduction defines the style traits of authentic Irish music, dance tune characteristics, traditional instruments, and common modal scales used. Perhaps most importantly, this book elucidates the idiosyncratic Irish ornaments that give the tunes their authentic accent. These are subsequently presented for practice in a treasury of tunes that are common in Irish sessions but unknown to most dulcimer players. For ease of reading the tunes apply the ornamentations and present them in standard music notation. In no time you will be playing with an Irish accent too!

Special Features:

  • LARGE PRINT sheet music
  • Chords provided
  • Music is printed in 4 bar phrases for ease of reading
  • See ornaments applied in the tunes!

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Table of Contents

  • About Irish Music
    • Musical Textures
    • Traditional “Irish” Instruments
    • Meters and Rhythm
    • Keys and Modalities
    • Chords for Irish Tunes
    • Traditional Notation Style
    • Dance/Song Forms
  • Ornamentation
    • The Ornaments
      • Cut
      • Tap
      • Rolls
      • Short Roll
      • Casadh
    • Introduction to the Tunes
  • Reels
    • Julia Delaney
    • Paddy Fahey’s
    • Mason’s Apron
    • Silver Spear
    • Swallowtail Reel
    • Merry Blacksmith
    • Moving Cloud
    • Golden Keyboard
    • Molly on the Shore
    • Temple Hill
    • New Irish Barn Dance
  • Jigs
    • Blarney Pilgrim
    • Scatter the Mud
    • Irish Washerwoman (G Major)
    • Irish Washerwoman (D Major)
    • Rose in the Heather
    • Banks of Lough Gowna
    • The Gallowglass
    • Tobin’s Favorite
    • Rolling Waves
    • Tar Road to Sligo
    • Connaughtman’s Rambles
    • I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave
    • Tripping up the Stairs
    • Banish Misfortune
    • Lark in the Morning
    • Behind the Haystack
    • Gander in the Pradie Hole
    • Haste to the Wedding
  • Slides
    • Dennis Murphy’s
    • O’Keefe’s Slide
    • Cúil Aodha
    • Merrily Kissed the Quaker’s Wife
  • Slip Jigs
    • The Butterfly
    • ‘G Iomain Nan Gamhna, ‘s Mi Muladach
    • Black Haired Lass
    • Drops of Brandy
    • Dance of the Welsh Vicar
  • Polkas
    • Ballydesmond Polka No. 2
    • Britches Full of Stitches
    • Dennis Murphy’s Polka
    • Angus Polka
    • Ger the Rigger
    • Chanter’s March
  • Hornpipes
    • Across the Fence
    • Caisleán An Óir
    • Cincinnati Hornpipe
    • Fisher’s Hornpipe
    • President Garfield’s
  • Airs
    • Logan Water
  • Waltzes
    • Afton Water
    • Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
    • Sh’Bheag Sh’More
  • Bonus Song!
  • Mark’s Recordings and Instructional Books
  • Sources and Resources

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