Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Have you ever entertained the idea of “jamming” with others, of sitting around a campfire and sharing tunes. Have you just wanted to sit an the porch and play while you watch the sun go down?

    In my experience as a folk musician I have spoken to many people who speak with sadness or resignation  who say, “I have no musical talent”.

    I believe it’s a matter of perspective. There is more than one way of learning to play and sing music. Folk music is by definition “music of the people” For thousands of years these have been songs and instruments that were accessible to anyone who wanted to learn.

This includes you.

    So here is a book with that other perspective. Here are the basics of why you play what you play, the tools to let you figure it out for yourself, a collection of great folk tunes to learn with, and the help you may need to open the doors to your own musical experience.

Using this tradition, and a simple number system for both melody and chords, everyone can play together using the same music. 82 Pages plus CD with 26 songs


How to Play Everything.


Notes, Scales, timing and tunes. Music terminology demystified, History revisited, misconceptions explained.


The Number System

If you can count to 10, you can play everything in this book.


The Hammered and Mountain dulcimer, harp, bowed psaltery, lap harp, piano, penny whistle, harmonica and concertina all mapped out by number, plus a section on accompaniment chord instruments 

















I have chosen some of my favorite songs from the Celtic and English country dance tradition. Many of these songs have never been offered in this format before. Includes a CD of all 26 tunes and the history of the songs!

Withe( with-ee ) : a flexible green branch, especially willow, bent into shape sometime while still growing, for baskets, fencing, and infill for timber frame buildings

Stone ( ston ) a piece of rock shaped for a particular purpose such as a foundation stone

Text Box: How to Play

A Different perspective on music
John Corbin Goldsberry

A Different perspective on music

Text Box: This Reel also known in the north of England as “Well May the Keel Row”  In Ireland the tune is also known as  “The Old Maids of Galway”. As 'Jenny's Frolics' it appears in Vol. 2 of Paul Alday's “A Pocket Volume of Airs, Duets, Songs, Marches etc., (Dublin c. 1800)."  We learned this from an excellent CD called “When I Was Young: Children's Songs from Ireland) “by  Len Graham, Garry Ó Briain and Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin . Add this CD to your collection. In the liner notes Len and Gary both say they sang it as children in Ireland.
Oh, by the way, your oxter is a middle English word for your  armpit

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