B/C Accordion Foundations

This course is suitable for those who already have a basic understanding of the accordion. If you are familiar with the scales of C major, D major and G major, and already have a few tunes learnt in the Irish traditional style, then this is the course for you! Various types of tunes will be covered throughout the course: Polkas, Slides, Slip- Jigs, Jigs, Hornpipes and Reels- all of which are popular, well known, session tunes. The first half of Dáire's course also introduces basic ornamentation skills - cuts and grace-notes, triplets and rolls. The second half focuses on variation and how to subtly change the ornamentation and melody of the tune for melodic and rhythmic interest. His methods are firmly rooted in the traditional ways of teaching Irish music; he breaks up the tunes into short phrases that he plays repeatedly, prompting the student to play with him after listening once or twice to the phrase.

B/C Accordion Foundations
 
OAIM Free Accordion Lessons

'The Ballydesmond Polka'

A lively polka is taught in this first lesson.  Daire pays particular attention to the 'cut'.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 1

This lesson will teach the jig, 'My First Night in America' in the key of G major. Daire will continue from the free sample lesson in his study of the 'cut'.  He will also introduce the triplet and show how it is best incorporated into the tune.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 2

The hornpipe 'The Boys of Blue Hill' will feature in this lesson. The study of cuts and triplets will continue in this lesson.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 3

This lesson will teach 'The Tulla Reel'. Dáire will continue his study of cuts and triplets.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 4

In this lesson 'The Red Haired Lass' reel will be taught. Dáire will introduce the ornament the 'roll' on the accordion.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 5

The jig 'Ship in Full Sail' will be taught in this lesson. Dáire will demonstrate how to subtly change parts of the tune for melodic interest.


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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 6

This lesson will teach the slide "Dennis Murphy's". Dáire will continue his study of melodic variation.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 7

In this lesson,  the hornpipe 'Off To California' will be taught. Dáire will continue his study of melodic variation.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 8

This lesson will teach the reel "Drowsy Maggie". Ornamentation and variation will be focused upon in this class.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 9

This lesson will teach the polka "The Maids of Ardagh". Ornamentation and variation will continue to be focused upon in this class.

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B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 10

This lesson will teach the slip-jig "The Black Haired Lass". The lesson is broken down into 3 sections.

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Tunes Taught
  • My First Night in America
  • The Boys of Blue Hill
  • The Tulla Reel
  • The Red Haired Lass
  • Ship in Full Sail
  • Dennis Murphy's
  • Off To California
  • Drowsy Maggie
  • The Maids of Ardagh
  • The Black Haired Lass

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Dáire 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. He has recently completed his degree in music at Limerick Institute of Technology where he specialised in composition and music technology; Recently he has had a composition of his recorded by leading Irish band 'Beoga' on their album 'The Incident'...[Read More]