House of Musical Traditions
7010 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
HOURS: 11 am - 7 pm
Tuesday through Saturday
11 am - 5 pm Sunday & Monday
76 pages. 56 tunes in standard notation with chord symbols, fingering and chord charts, scales, instruction, bibliography, discography, many photos. For 30-button CG Anglo.
After the obligatory section of introductions, choosing an instrument, keyboard layouts, and history blurb, the book is arranged in lessons, each having a number of tunes for practice, beginning with the key of G and tips on air control. Then other scales, more keys, a lesson on modulation, more keys, a section on decoration and slow airs, then the appendices, including a tune section, with the key of each tune plainly indicated (E minor, D modal, etc), as well as indications where the A part and B part begin.
There are lots of useful notes sprinkled throughout the lessons about Irish music in general, playing styles, the influence of other instruments, players, etc.