B/C Accordion Foundations 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 learned in the Irish traditional style, then this is the course for you. If you’re new to the button accordion then head over to our B/C Accordion Basics course.
By the end of this course you will have a wonderful repertoire of 11 Irish traditional tunes which include Polkas, Slides, Slip-Jigs, Jigs, Hornpipes and Reels, all of which are popular, well known, session tunes. The course has 11 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
The first half B/C Accordion Foundations 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. Teaching methods are firmly rooted in the traditional ways of teaching Irish music; tunes are broken up into short phrases that are played repeatedly, prompting the student to play along after listening once or twice to the phrase.
The tunes taught in this course are:
My First Night In America
The Boys Of Bluehill
The Tulla Reel
The Red Haired Lass
Ship In Full Sail
Off To California
The Maids Of Ardagh
The Black Haired Lass
Sheet Music and Mp3s available to Download for each Tune
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Ballydesmond Polka
Frequently Asked Questions answered by Course Tutor Dáire Mulhern
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.