Bouzouki Accompaniment #2

 

This course is a continuation of Billy's previous series of lessons: 'Bouzouki Accompaniment'.  Billy continues his study on how to accompany Irish music on the bouzouki.  He uses five tunes to demonstrate how to incorporate the  techniques previously covered into actual tune accompaniment. These include:  the use of appropriate chord structures, strumming patterns, fingerpicking, counter melody and rhythm.  By the end of this course of five lessons, the bouzouki student will have a firm grounding in accompanying Irish music on the bouzouki. 

 

Bouzouki Accompaniment
Course Syllabus for Full Access Lessons
Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 1

This lesson will focus on the accompaniment of the reel 'Rolling in the Ryegrass' in D major. Billy will begin by showing a basic chord structure that can be used for the tune. He will then demonstrate how to incorporate alternative chords and counter melody into the tune accompaniment. The lesson will be split into four parts.

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Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 2

This lesson will focus on the accompaniment of the reel 'The Otter's Holt' in the key of B minor. Billy will begin by showing a basic chord structure that can be used. He will then demonstrate how to incorporate alternative chords and counter melody into the tune accompaniment. The lesson will be split into four parts.

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Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 3

This lesson will focus on the accompaniment of the slide 'Dennis Murphy's' in the key of D major. Billy will begin by demonstrating the rhythms used for accompanying this type of tune. He will then examine the basic chordal structure of the tune before proceeding on to demonstrate alternative chords and counter-melody. The lesson will be split into four parts.

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Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 4

This lesson will focus on the accompaniment of the hop-jig 'The Dusty Millar' in the key of D major. Billy will begin by examining the basic chordal structure of the tune. He will then explore counter-melody possibilities and will also demonstrate the 'hammer-on' technique. The lesson will be split into three parts.

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Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 5

This lesson will focus on the accompaniment of the reel 'The West Clare Reel' in the key of A minor. Billy will begin by examining the basic chordal structure of the tune. He will then explore other chordal possibilities and will demonstrate how to incorporate the 'hammer-on' technique and counter-melody in the tune. The lesson will be split into three parts.

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Tunes Taught
  • Rolling in the Ryegrass
  • The Otter's Holt
  • Dennis Murphy's
  • The Dusty Millar
  • The West Clare Reel

Tutor Info

Billy Mag Fhlionn

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]