Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Snowy Path

I'd like to express my deep gratitude to a member of the Columbus slow sessions email list who directed my attention to the Riley School of Irish Music tunes page, where I found a slow recording of the beautiful slip jig The Snowy Path. The slow recording makes the tune almost trivial to pick up by ear; just start on F# and play in D major and if you know the tune at all you'll have it in no time.

This tune was composed by Mark Kelly of Altan; you can hear it on their album Harvest Storm, including a gorgeous flute solo by Frankie Kennedy. Click the Amazon ad on the right to hear a short sample of Altan's recording of this tune.


Belgian_Waffle said...


I've been reading your blog with great interest since I've started playing the whistle about 1.5 years ago. Seeing you struggle with the same things as I am gives me hope...

Thanks for the link to the Riley School. Nice one ! My teacher gave me the Snowy Path as homework and what I do (and this works with any MP3) is to play it at half speed in the Windows Media Player. Works fine and keeps the pitch !

Craig said...

Seeing you struggle with the same things as I am gives me hope...

Thanks; that's half the reason I do this. The other half is so that I can go back and laugh at my posts from a year ago.... :)

Scott Turner said...

Some other links where you may find tune recordings (some may be out of date):


Scott Turner said...

For some reason, your RSS feed is messed up today. It's showing posts from earlier this year as new and later than this post.

Craig said...

The feed is showing updates to old posts because I've been going back and categorizing them using Blogger's new tagging feature. I'm working on creating a complete index to this blog. Unfortunately that makes the old posts show up as "new" in the Atom feed. I wish there was a way around that, but I don't think there is

chih said...

One of the first slip jigs I've learnt too. Very pretty tune =)

Spórt by Peadar O'Riaida is pretty interesting too. Very flowy sort of feel.

Linda said...

You all know about the Amazing Slower Downer, right? It is software that allows you to control how slow you want a tune to be. You can use it on files you record yourself or files you rip from CDs. http://www.ronimusic.com/

There's a similar software called Transcribe!

Both are very low cost, and extremely helpful in learning not only tunes but the nuances of ornamentation used by various players.

I invite you all to visit my blog. I play whistle & flute, and am trying my hand at piano.