“Here it is at last: a progressive method to learn Irish traditional fiddle! First the engaging tunes, then how to ornament them—all clearly presented in ingeniously subtle steps of advancement, with friendly hints and engrossing historical information. The CD is a joy to work with. I had a ball listening and learning—and thinking, ‘How lucky my students are that this exists!'”
- Dorée Huneven, violin/viola teacher, past president of the American String Teachers Association, Maryland/DC Chapter

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Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle by Tom Morley is a well-researched, concise collection of 50 Irish tunes that includes recommended reading and helpful hints, plus a CD of all the tunes as an added bonus, for students of any age. The collection is easy to read and has excellent illustrations throughout and will prove invaluable to the fiddle player attempting to take his or her skills up to the next (and most exciting) level. Definitely worth having on your music material shelf.”
- Manus McGuire, Master Irish fiddler (Brock McGuire Band, Moving Cloud, Buttons & Bows)

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“I've always wanted to experiment in Celtic Music. Tom Morley's Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle has been a great first step in this direction. The selection of tunes is a great overview of the core repertoire. The presentation of the material is so clean, I have been using it as a teaching tool in private lessons with kids as young as 3rd grade. For teaching, the book is wonderful. The explanation of how to count rhythms is one of the best I've seen. Many of my students come to me after studying with others and are at the end of Suzuki Book 1...but still have problems. This material is perfect to review all the finger patterns in first position in the keys of G,D,A. The finger patterns in some of the faster songs are very similar to those found in Wolfhart exercises and are a fun way to rehabilitate the left hand of the ‘reluctant student' that all of us are all too familiar with. A great teaching tool!”
- Duane Padilla, past president of the American String Teachers Association, Hawaii Chapter; Honolulu Symphony; Hot Club of Hulaville

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“Things I love about this book : 1) The introductory section that presents the ‘fingerboard map,' basic scales, and ‘Counting Like a Pro'—thank you for validating my sermons on the importance of counting measures out loud! 2) The introduction of tunes without ornaments, allowing students to focus on the basic rhythm of the tune. 3) Bowings with explanations! 4) Explanations of dance forms and histories of the tunes. This book will be a great resource, both in my classroom and private studio, and for anyone interested in traditional Irish fiddle.
- Michele George, Strings Instructor at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach, Cleveland OH

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“Tom Morley's Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle book should be an essential part of anyone's music collection. As a string instructor, I am always looking for quality material to show my students and present in my classes. Morley's Irish book fills every qualification. Between the 50 fiddle tunes, Irish stylistic introduction, and Irish music history, this book should be in the hands of every string player—worldwide. I assure you that you will be overjoyed to have this book, and so will your students.”
- Thomas McGregor, Violinist/Composer/Instructor Austin, TX

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“I have students in my studio who couldn't wait to start in Irish music. Tom's book makes it very approachable. The tunes sound beautiful right away and the CD is very high quality. The explanations/histories with each piece really round out the teaching of these pieces. Previously, you looked for a fake book-style resource or online. For teaching, this book is much more appropriate for my studio and the way I like to teach! I highly recommend it.”
- Alissa Rieb, Studio/Orchestra teacher, The Montessori Elementary and Middle Charter School, Albuquerque, NM

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"I teach strings and guitar classes at the high school level. I bought Tom's new book Learn to Play Irish Fiddle and used it right away. My groups played a medley of two tunes for our winter concert. I wrote out guitar tabs for 'East Neuk O'Fife' and had the lower strings play drones underneath, then the strings played 'Staten Island' with the guitars playing chords. We got a good response from the audience, and the students really enjoyed this music. Tom's book is well organized and has many helpful teaching tools, plus plenty of fun tunes."
- Jim Lichtenberger, Orchestra Teacher, Murphy High School, Mobile, AL

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"As a teacher, I use many method books with my private students. This method is outstanding- not only does it teach the tunes and techniques, but it also gives quite a bit of information about those tunes, the composers, the styles, and the culture. It gives the user a better understanding of Irish Traditional Music in general. Great job, Tom!"
- Andy Kruspe, percussionist, music teacher & coach, Huntsville, AL

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“I started my first student on your book today! Her name is Ana, and she thought it was the coolest thing in the world that her new book was written by my former teacher. We played the first polka and then flipped through and looked at the way the book was laid out. At the end of her lesson she said, ‘I love this book, it's fun!' A teacher can't ask for more than that!”
- Leila Hobbs, private string studio teacher, Milton/Gulf Breeze, FL

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“I just sold three of your Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle books to my students. They were so excited to buy it and start working on the tunes. Thanks so much for writing it!”
- Gail Fox, private string studio teacher, Hattiesburg, MS

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Student Comments:

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“This book is a must-have for anyone interested in learning to play traditional Irish tunes. The format of the book is uncluttered and attractive with helpful hints, histories of tunes and illustrations. This leaves you with a "feel for the tunes" that you don't get with most fiddle books. It includes a CD so you can hear what each tune sounds like. Some of the tunes are accompanied by guitar, harp and bodhran so you actually feel like you are playing along in a real Irish session at a pub in Dublin! The CD is also great to use by itself without the written music if you are interested in learning to play by ear. This book is well worth the money!”
- Cindy Brewer, Mobile, AL

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“Without a doubt, this music book has absolutely became my favorite! Here is why. The sheet music is uncluttered and easy to read. It is written so that you first learn the basic melody (which later can be embellished). The accompanying CD is recorded at a moderate tempo allowing the option to learned to play the tunes (and there are a lot of them!) by ear or to play them along with the sheet music. The musical "hints" that are written through out the book are very helpful and the history given is interesting. I highly recommend this book to ANY musician who is interested in learning traditional Irish music or to any of "Us" who just want to be fiddling around with some fun Irish tunes!”
- Teresa Carpenter, Silverhill, AL

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“I certainly am enjoying your Learn To Play Irish Trad Fiddle book. It's a good read as well as having all these fun tunes. It is clear that you put a lot of yourself into this project. Quite personable... I hear you on every page! The CD is such a help, too. This is all very well done, Tom! Kudos! I trust this will be a big success for you.”
- Doreen Sorrels, Fairhope, AL

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