Piano Tunes and Accompaniment

This course is for the intermediate to advanced piano player and suits those that already play traditional music as well as those who want to branch into this music genre. Combining melodic tune playing and accompaniment, the primary aim of this course is to introduce the player to a variety of different traditional tune types as well as how to accompany the tunes taught when playing with others. This course will develop tune repertoire, ornamentation and left hand accompaniment for melody playing. As the piano has the versatility to be both a melodic and accompaniment instrument, the second focus of this course will be to develop the piano players understanding of chord progressions and sequences, structure and formation.

Piano Tunes and Acommpaniment
 
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'Swerving For Bunnies'

This lesson will teach the slip-jig 'Swerving for Bunnies'.  This is a new tune composed by harpist Ailie Robertson.

 

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 1

This lesson will teach two strathspeys. Stephen will focus on the use of grace-notes and cuts in these tunes. The lesson is broken down into 6 sections.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 2

This lesson will teach the hornpipe, "Bantry Bay". Stephen will introduce the 'roll' and demonstrate how this ornament is played on the piano. The lesson is broken down into 5 sections.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 3

This lesson will teach the waltz, "Gillian's Waltz". This is a waltz written by fiddler Gordon Gunn. Stephen will demonstrated how to mimic the 'double stopping' of the fiddle on the piano. The lesson is broken down into 5 sections.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 4

This lesson will teach the slow air, "Iain Ghlinn Cuaich". Slow airs can be played to great effect on the piano due to the range of the instrument and the accompaniment possibilities. The lesson is broken down into 5 sections.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 5

This lesson will teach the tune, "The Caucus Reel". The focus of this lesson will be on accompaniment using both left and right hand.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 6

This lesson will teach the jig, "The Rolling Wave". The focus of this lesson will be on accompaniment using both left and right hand.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 7

This lesson will teach the reel, "The Man of the House". The focus of this lesson will be on accompaniment using both the left and right hand.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 8

This lesson will teach the jig, "Out on the Ocean". The focus of this lesson will be on accompaniment using both the left and right hand.

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Piano Tunes and Accompaniment Lesson 9

This lesson will teach the hornpipe, "The Harp and the Shamrock". The lesson is broken down into 4 sections.

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Tunes Taught
  • Swerving for Bunnies
  • Bantry Bay
  • Gillian's Waltz
  • Iain Ghlinn Cuaich
  • The Caucus Reel
  • The Rolling Wave
  • The Man of the House
  • Out on the Ocean
  • The Harp and the Shamrock

Tutor Info

Stephen Markham

Stephen Markham

Stephen is from Ennis, Co. Clare, a known hotbed of Irish traditional music. As both a melody piano player and accompanist, he completed his academy grades in classical music while being heavily influenced by Irish traditional music and Cape Breton piano accompaniment. Stephen has won All-Ireland titles in piano accompaniment at both u18 and senior level and has considerable experience in private tuition as well as group workshops and Fleadh Cheoil adjudication. Following his graduation from a degree in Law and European Studies, Stephen commenced a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, which he completed with first class honours and has since returned as a tutor...[Read More]