Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 5

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 5
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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(2L4 .)After setting down the airs of over fifty Irish songs, Goodman broke off on page 18 ofhis first volume to transcribe dance tunes. He wrote:Here follows a Collection of the Dance Music of Munster, viz. Jigs, Reels andHornpipes written down for the most part from the playing of Thos. Kennedy, expiper. N .8. In order to avoid the difficulty of doubling the low notes on thepipes, and to add to the liveliness of the quick tunes, the following hints shouldbe carefully attended to -iL,pr (14375! J1II;5J1LISJJj ,jTn-aJT iij-J&:J JjrITfl==.J J IIPJJ jiwI pj11Nos. 1, 2 and 5 are the curls in most general use, especially No. 5 which isintroduced in most of the old jigs with great effect. J . GIn referring to the difficulty of doubling the low notes on the pipes, Goodman had inmind the difficulty of playing two or more Ds properly by stopping the dhanter on the poppingstrap and of playing the other notes with single fingering.When Goodman had transcribed a tune he indicated after it what forms of ornamentationwere to be used. For example, the slurs 1,5,6 and 7 were listed to be used in Airgead Cailli ,the first dance tune transcribed in this division. Goodman quickly tired of his system. Afterusing it in.about a dozen tunes he quietly dropped it. In a way it served little purpose. Acompetent piper already has acquired these decorations and in learning a piece from a manuscriptlacking them or from a player of another instrument he will automatically supply the appropriateform of ornamentation. An outsider on seeing the bare tune in print may carry away the mistakenidea that the music is not ornamented but for the person reared in the system a bare transcriptionis adequate.The table is however, of tremendous interest to pipers. It was compiled 108 years agoand except for slut No.1 the forms given are those commonly in use at the present day.Equally of interest is Goodmans reference to the Instruction Books for the Bagpipespublished by Messrs. OFarrell and Coiclough. OFarrells tutor was included as an appendixto his Collection of National Irish Music for the Union Pipes which was published about 1800.A vignette on the title page depicted OFarrell dressed in feathered hat and fishnet tightsplaying on the Union Pipes in the Favourite Pantomime of Oscar and Malvina. The price ofthe volume was 7/ and it was to be had at Mr. Gows, 31 Carnaby Street, Golden Squareand Mr. OFarrells 65 Swallerv Street where Gentlemen may likewise be accommodated withReal Toned Irish Pipes. The tutor was referred to as a TreaHce with the most PerfectInstructions ever yet Published for the PIPES. OFarrell was a native of Clonmel. There doesnot appear to be any authority for Grattan Floods assertion that his name was Patrick.The reference to Colciough is the only indication we possess about the existence atthis time of a second tutor. It may indeed be the one implied by the reference of OFarrellthat his was the most perfect ever yet published. No known copy has survived. Goodmanhas transcribed into his first volume twenty nine airs to which the letter C is prefixed toindicate their source. One is The Rose Tree with variations by CoIc laugh, another CoicloughsHornpipe. There need not be any doubt that the airs so indicated were dopied from Colcloughs5
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