Donegal Fiddle Styles

In this course, Aidan passes down the skills, knowledge and repertoire from the great Donegal fiddlers to the fiddle students of OAIM. All the tunes taught are firmly rooted in the Donegal tradition; stalwarts such as 'The Glen Road to Carrick', 'Bundle and Go', 'The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig' and 'Séan sa Cheo' feature amongst others. The fiddling and musical legacy of the Dohertys, the McConnells, James Byrne, Francie Dearg O'Beirn, Con Cassidy, Vincent Campbell and Danny Meehan are frequently referred to throughout Aidan's thirteen tutorials. Bowing techniques feature prominently - the use of the up-bow, tight bowing, open and closed triplets and cranns. Various droning techniques are also taught - the use of finger drones, octave drones and double stops, This is all rounded off with teachings on position playing, octave playing and finger plucking! This course is a 'must' for any student interested in the fiddle styles of Donegal or advanced Irish fiddle techniques.

Donegal Fiddle Styles
 
OAIM Free 'Donegal Fiddle Styles' Sample Lesson

James Byrne's Reel

In this introductory lesson to the course 'Donegal Fiddle Styles', Aidan teaches James Byrne's Reel, with focus on the bow hand and the 'up-bow' technique.

 

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Course Syllabus for Full Access Lessons
FIddle Lesson 2: Bundle & Go (jig)

The Jig 'Bundle and Go' is taught by Aidan in this lesson. He will continue his study of the bow hand and the 'up-bow' technique.

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Fiddle Lesson 3: The Glen Rd to Carrick

In this lesson, the tune 'The Glen Road to Carrick will be taught. Aidan will be introducing two types of triplets - the 'open' and 'closed'.

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Fiddle Lesson 4: The Teelin Highland

Aidan will teach the tune 'The Teelin Highland' in this lesson. He will continue with his study of triplet playing with an introduction to the half triplet.

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Fiddle Lesson 5: The Cat that Kittled in Jamies Wig

In this lesson the Highland 'The Cat that Kittled in Jamies Wig' will be taught. This tune provides a great opportunity to practice tight bowing!

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Fiddle Lesson 6: Séan sa Cheo (Reel)

Aidan will teach the well known reel 'Séan sa Cheo' in this lesson. He will introduce the technique of position playing in the teaching of the tune.

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Fiddle Lesson 7: Bean an Tí Ar Lar

The tune 'Bean an Tí Ar Lar' will feature in this lesson. Aidan will use this tune to demonstrate finger drones.

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Fiddle Lesson 8: The Glasha Highland

In this lesson, Aidan will teach the tune 'The Glasha Highland'. He will use this tune to discuss the concept of octave-playing.

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Fiddle Lesson 9: Mickey Doherty's Reel

'Mickey Doherty's Reel' is the tune taught in this lesson. Cranns will be the focus of this class; Aidan will demonstrate the difference between melodic and percussive cranns.

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Fiddle Lesson 10: The Low Level

In this lesson 'The Low Level Hornpipe' will be taught in the key of B♭. major.

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Fiddle Lesson 11: Alec McConnell's Waltz

In this lesson 'Alec McConnell's Waltz' will be taught. Aidan will continue his study of bow control and will also show how to incorporate 'plucking' into the tune.

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Fiddle Lesson 12: Danny Meehan's Reel

In this lesson 'Danny Meehan's Reel' will be taught. Aidan will introduce the concept of octave droning in the tune.

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Fiddle Lesson 13: Trip to the Cottage

This lesson will feature the jig 'Trip to the Cottage'. Aidan will focus on the rhythmic effects of double-stopping in this tutorial.

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Tunes Taught
  • James Byrne's Reel
  • Bundle and Go
  • The Glen Road to Carrick
  • The Teelin Highland
  • The Cat that Kittled in Jamies Wig
  • Sean se Cheo
  • Bean an Tí Ar Lar
  • Glasha Highland
  • Mickey Doherty's
  • The Low Level
  • Alec McConell's Waltz
  • Danny Meehan's Reel
  • Trip to the Cottage

Tutor Info

Aidan O'Donnell

Aidan O'Donnell

TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2010 Aidan O'Donnell has been described as one of the finest young Irish musicians at present. He began his music making at the age of 12, and since then has performed with some of traditional music's finest artists, including Donal Lunny, Micheal Ó' Suilleabháin and the Chieftains. In 2007, he won the prestigious ‘Oireachtas na Geailge' fiddle title, and has been a regular tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick for the past number of years......[Read More]