Friday, 21 December 2012

New book of Celtic tunes from Tom Hanway

Tom Hanway (USA), resident in Ireland since 2003, reports that he has delivered the manuscript and CD master to the Mel Bay publishing house for his third collection of tunes: Easy Irish and Celtic melodies for 5-string banjo: best-loved airs and session tunes. Tom says: 'It’s aimed at bluegrass banjo players who are looking for even older traditional melodies.'

The goal of this collection is to open up to 5-string banjoists the treasure trove of Irish, Celtic, and British Isles folk melodies that are known throughout the world. The book includes chords, standard notation, and tablature, with play-along tracks and real-time tempos for the accompanying audio. Through these thirty-two melodies, Tom Hanway demonstrates contemporary 'Celtic fingerstyle banjo' using modern techniques and standard G tuning. These are easy tunes for beginners and intermediate players, with tempo settings indicated as an aid to learning and practicing these treasured pieces. This collection is also aimed at advanced players who are keen on learning subtle arrangements of traditional airs, songs, and tunes.

This is the companion work to Tom’s Easy Irish and Celtic tunes for 5-string banjo: best-loved jigs and reels (2012), with sixty-eight tunes, combining for a total of 100 Celtic melodies. Through these lessons, one can learn to play stock traditional tunes, which work alone or can be combined in medleys to play at sessions anywhere. Tom's publications are also available in e-book form; see here.