You mentioned two of the most complete books of Irish music. Also,
Maggie Sansone's "Big Book Of Celtic Tunes" is good. Go to her website:
I think the challenge is: add your own embellishments, ornaments and
variations to the short tunes to make them more interesting.
If you're looking for pieces that are already longer to start with try
the Kilfenora Jig... it has about 7 different sections. Also there are
many 3-part jigs and reels (by that I don't mean harmony parts, I mean
they have 3 different sections, not just the A & B.) Straway Child is
one that comes to mind, also Gravel Walk... both are more challenging
than some of the run-of-the-mill tunes.
Check out my website where you can order tunes a la carte:
Hope this helps. Peggy
On Mar 7, 2007, at 12:19 PM, David Stallard wrote:
> I really like playing fast Irish/Celtic music because it's fun to play
> and I generally like that style of music. I also like playing
> pieces because they're a lot more challenging. I can flip through a
> tunebook and learn a handful of one-apge jigs or reels in a short
> amount of
> time, whereas it can take me weeks to master one Classical piece that
> 3 or 4 pages and has many movements.
> I'm just wondering if there's any way to merge the two. All the Irish
> music I have is short in length and relatively easy to learn (although
> of them have unusual timings that really throw me for a loop). Are
> longer, more involved pieces out there that just don't get printed in
> common collections of tunes? One thing I like about O'Carolan's stuff
> that it sometimes seems to have more "depth" to it...I mean, there's
> complexity in O'Carolan's Concerto than there is in, say, Irish
> or Kesh Jig (but I like those tunes equally well). I actually did buy
> Complete Works of O'Carolan book a while back; this post reminds me
> that I
> need to get back to that. But still, I think the majority of them are
> fairly short one-pagers.
> Is there anything that this list would recommend I seek out?
> Actually, as I
> write this I'm reminded that I recently got O'Neill's Music of Ireland
> tunes!) and I think in the back there is a small section of longer
> pieces...I should probably take a closer look at that.
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