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The Library of Folk Songs [Paperback]

Amy Appleby


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Book Description

Oct. 1 1999 0825617707 978-0825617706 1
This expansive song collection will provide many years of enjoyment for anyone who loves folk music. Nowhere else will you find such a rich array of work songs, traditional ballads, love songs, fun songs, sea shanties, blues, cowboy songs, battle hymns, carols, spirituals and anthems. Just mention a beloved folk melody and, chances are, you will find it in this volume.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Publishing Group; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825617707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825617706
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 24.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,736,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy collection for kids or beginners May 26 2008
By Titlelog - Published on Amazon.com
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I was mildly disappointed in this book and ended up returning it. I had previously purchased the Easy Piano Classics vols. 1 & 2 from the same publisher, and those books have arrangements that are easy enough but still sound awesome. The arrangements in the Folk Songs book are really too simple for me--for instance, its version of "Shenandoah" has single notes with both hands playing in unison, where the Piano Classics book would probably have a flowing motif or four-note chords. The book has some cute clip-art decoration, and it's organized by subject matter. But another disappointment was finding that about one fourth of it is Christmas songs, which are mostly duplicates of what I already have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Feb. 24 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
there's lots of folk songs from ALL AROUND THE WORLD, a feature that I found pretty impressive, and are categorized by category (soldiers and sailors, faith and freedom, holyday and celebrations, etc), it both functions as a 'fake book', where you can have just the melody and the chords, which are clearly printed, or easy piano arrangements. I spend hours going through the songs, I don't even notice it, it's such fun. Also was able to locate many songs I heard as a child but never knew by title. Well recommended
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to play Dec 11 2005
By Diane L. Telford - Published on Amazon.com
I started out looking for one book and as usual saw a couple of others I couldn't live without. This is such a fun book and I have been having so much fun with my kids at work. It is such a different style from what they have grown up with and it is so interesting to watch them as they learn new things. I even have a couple of them that are trying a few of the songs on their keyboards.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very lively or notable. Oct. 12 2013
By Forest7 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Library Of Folk Music is described as a "rich array" and expansive but most seem quite commonplace, and one can wonder who plays this music. The cover of the book lists Greensleeves, Danny Boy, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, O Tannenbaum, On Top of Old Smoky, among others. Inside in the table of contents we find Frankie and Johnny, Polly Wolly Doodle, Oh Tell It On the Mountain, Kumbaya, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Oh Freedom, Christmas Carols, Faith and Freedom Songs.

These songs may be just what a prospective buyer wants, but I would have appreciated some idea of the book's contents and I am listing some titles for others to judge by.

I am giving mine to a local bookstore.

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