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Features and how to use them

This Music of Clare project is based on the same software system that we have used to publish our photographs online (Foto), so many of its features will be familiar to those familiar with Foto.

The main web page is divided into six main areas.

The Quick Search and Advanced Search features enable searching of the collection by artist, name and type of tune, and instrument.

The Browse Collection feature is the main entry point to the system. As we have only one collection to date - the Irish Traditional Music Collection - Clicking on 'All Collections' and 'Irish Traditional Music Collection' will gave the same results. We do have plans to develop further collections in the future. We have also created 'virtual collections' based on the type of traditional tune played (e.g. jigs, reels).

The Quick Links feature provides links to tunes played with particular instruments.

The Music Videos feature is a collection of embedded online videos of Clare musicians from Youtube. We welcome any suggestions for additions to this collection.

The Articles & More Resources features attempt to place the music of Clare in some context and provide some background and further resources for study and enjoyment.

The Traditional Music of Clare Jukebox gathers together all of the tracks containing the featured tunes so that they can be listened to easily and in sequence. Just press the play button and the whole collection will play on continuous loop. Please note that throughout this project the featured tune on a track is identified by being in 'All-caps', e.g. in the track "Kilfenora Dances & THE ROAD TO LISDOONVARNA & Boys of Malin", it is the second tune that is featured with its accompanying notation.

As with Foto, our online collection of photographs, clicking on a keyword link will bring up all other instances of that keyword in the collection, whether that 'keyword' be the name of a tune, the name of an artist, a type of tune, or a specific instrument.

It must be stressed that the transcriptions do not relate directly to the versions of the tunes actually being played in the recordings. The transcriptions are simply designed to help anyone who wishes to learn the basic notes of a tune so as to be able to play it. The tune notated is often in the middle of a track and not necessarily the first one played. The notated tune is identified by being in 'ALL CAPS'. Links to alternative transcriptions on the Session website are also provided.

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