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Anabel Martínez

A great opportunity for people who live in places where Irish music is not popular.

"I´m delighted with this course because it´s a great opportunity for people especially like me who live in places where the Irish traditional music is not very popular. Thanks to all the people that make OAIM possible and the group of great professional tutors. I hope to share with all of you my progress and my concerns about the music that I love so much - Irish Traditional Music."

Anabel Martínez - Valencia, Spain

OAIM Accordion Courses

B/C Accordion Basics

This course is suitable for the absolute beginner accordionist. Derek begins by teaching the scales of D and G then moves onto playing tunes and ornaments that get progressively more advanced through the course. However, this course also has a lot..

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B/C Accordion Foundations

This course is suitable for those who already have a basic understanding of the accordion but would like to take their playing to the next level. Students will learn about ornamentation - roll's and grace notes and will broaden their repertoire of tunes.

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OAIM Free Beginner Accordion Lessons

Lesson 1

B/C Accordion Basics - Free Lesson 1

This is the first introductory lesson of the course 'B/C Accordion Basics'. Derek will teach the scale of D major on the accordion. Read More

Lesson 2

B/C Accordion Basics - Free Lesson 2

In this lesson, Derek will teach a simple tune using the scale of D called 'Báidín Fheidhlimí'. Read More

Lesson 3

B/C Accordion Basics - Free Lesson 3

This is the third introductory lesson of the course 'B/C Accordion Basics'. Derek will teach the scale of G major on the accordion.Read More

Lesson 4

B/C Accordion Basics - Free Lesson 4

In this lesson, Derek will teach a simple tune using the scale of G which he calls 'Dad's Polka'. Read More

Lesson 5

B/C Accordion Basics - Free Lesson 5

'The Brosna Slide' in G major will be taught by Derek in this lesson.Read More

Lesson 6

B/C Accordion Basics - Free Lesson 6

In this lesson Derek will teach a simple Jig in the key of D major called 'The Rolling Wave'. Read More

OAIM Free Intermediate Accordion Lessons

Lesson 1

'The Ballydesmond Polka'

A lively polka is taught in this first lessons of 'B/C Accordion Foundations'. Daire pays particular attention to the 'cut'. Read More

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Derek Hickey

Derek Hickey

Derek Hickey Derek Hickey hails from Adare, Co. Limerick. He started playing accordion at a young age. By the age of 18 he joined the band Arcady and then at 21 was invited by Frankie Gavin to join De Dannan. He recorded two albums with the band during the time he spent with them. Derek Hickey is.. [Read More]

Daire Mulhern

Dáire Mulhern

All-Ireland champion accordionist Dáire Mulhern, from Ennis, Co. Clare, is a musician of high calibre who has toured both Europe and America extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and other traditional Irish dance shows and bands…[Read More]