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20 Celtic Fingerstyle Uke Tunes Paperback – Dec 28 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay publications; Pap/Com edition (Dec 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786683333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786683338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

20 favorite Scottish and Irish tunes, brilliantly arranged for fingerstyle ukulele by Rob MacKillop. Titles include such well-known session tunes as Drowsy Maggie, The Kesh Jig, The Connaught Man's Rambles and The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Rob is a master of the campanella style of ukulele fingering, which exploits the unique tuning of the ukulele, and which helps these airs, jigs and reels flow across the fingerboard effortlessly, at times sounding like a small Celtic harp. The CD recording contains all 20 pieces performed by Rob MacKillop, hailed in Celtic World as 'One of Scotland's finest musicians'.

About the Author

Rob MacKillop is a performer, recording artist, record producer, composer and writer specializing in Scottish historical and contemporary music. He was recently awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship which allowed him to study Sufi oud music in Turkey and Morocco. He has recorded 6 CDs of historical Scottish music, three of which reached the Number One position in the Scottish Classical Music Chart (The Scotsman). After recording much of the historical Scottish lute and guitar music MacKillop is now performing new pieces written expecially for him by the major Scottish contemporary composers. He is Lecturer in Lute Studies and Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Historical Musician in Residence at Madras College, and teaches privately in his home studio.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good selection May 28 2013
By L. Schaefer - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the tunes in the book, and it is definitely helping me learn my way around the fretboard. Finger picking has been kind of intimidating to me until now, but the book is helping me grow more confident with that skill. I am taking one star off, though, because many of the tunes have been transposed out of the keys in which you would expect to see the tunes in any other book of Celtic music (specifically, the keys of D and G), or hear them at a jam session. It would be frustrating if you wanted to join in, but only knew the tune in a key that was unfamiliar to the other musicians.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Celtic songs Jan. 13 2013
By 1/2 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you enjoy playing the Ukulele, and Celtic music. This book is a great first step in exploring the genre.
Beautiful tunes and easy to follow tabs, even me a complete beginner was able to play these songs.
Have fun, practice and make good music
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My wife loves this. She as just taken up ... July 23 2014
By Uncle Kimo - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife loves this. She as just taken up Ukulele but has always been a Celtic fan. Now she is learning to create her own music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of my all time favorites March 28 2014
By Laura D. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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I love having the CD along with the book. Nicely written and easy to follow. Just wish I could play faster.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Celtic Uke music book. Feb. 5 2013
By Gregory V. Stasiuk - Published on Amazon.com
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Rob MacKillop is excellent and I for one am really glad that he put out this gem for the Uke. I love Celtic music and and so pleased that Rob made such a music book for my favourite instrument. Arrived in timely fashion in great shape.


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