The aim of this course is to learn how to accompany Irish music on the bouzouki. Chords and chord structures, strumming patterns and fingerpicking, counter melody and rhythm will all be examined throughout the course of the twelve lessons. Students will become familiar with the ideaology behind traditional Irish music accompaniment: the role of the accompanist in duo or group playing and good session etiquette. Emphasis will be mainly on accompaniment, however counter melody will form an important part of the program. Students who complete this course will have a firm grounding in accompanying Irish music on the bouzouki.
In this lesson the bouzouki will be introduced. The lesson is broken down into 6 sections.
Basic rhythm structures and chords will be examined in this class.
Billy will continue his study of rhythmic structures and chords in this lesson
In this lesson, Billy will discuss chord structures for the accompaniment of tunes in the key of D major.
Billy introduces the main chords used to play in the key of G major in this lesson. He also demonstrates alternative chord shapes for the chords of D, G, and A.
The main chord structures typically used in minor keys will be introduced in this lesson.
In this lesson Billy will present further chordal developments for use in the key of D major.
Playing accompaniment for tunes in the keys of E minor and B minor will be the main focus of this lesson.
In this lesson, Billy will focus on the use of counter-melody in bouzouki playing.
Billy will explore the keys of A major and A minor. He also discusses the use of the capo in bouzouki playing and will present some alternative strumming patters for jig and slip jig time.
In this lesson, Billy will be putting all the theory into practice; he will teach how to play along with a tune.
The accompaniment for the reel 'Pidgeon on the Gate' in E minor and a polka in D major will feature in this final lesson.
Billy Mag Fhlionn
Billy Mag Fhloinn was born and raised in a musical family in Limerick City. He began playing traditional music in 1996, beginning on the bodhrán. He then progressed onto the bouzouki, after a chance find of an old Greek model in a music shop in Limerick. He learned much of his playing from musicians Mick Broderick and Tony Davoren when living in Dublin, and gained great experience playing the wild dance music of west Kerry when living on the DIngle Peninsula...[Read More]