Bouzouki Basics

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.


Lessons

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Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 1


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Introduction to Billy's Teaching Techniques / The Power Chord (Moveable Chord)

Focus on Technique

The Scale of D Major

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 2


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Introduction to the Bouzouki

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 3


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Basic Rhythm Structures and Chords

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 4


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Rhythmic Structures and Chords

Focus on Technique

The Scale of D Major

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 5


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Chord structures for Tunes in the Key of D major.

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 6


G Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Chords used to Accompany Tunes in G Major / Alternative Chord Shapes

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 7


A Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Chord Structures for Accompanying Tunes in Minor Keys.

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 8


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Chordal Developments for Use in the Key of D Major.

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 9


E Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Chordal Accompaniment for Tunes in the Keys of E Minor and B Minor

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 10


Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Use Counter Melodies in Accompaniment

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 11


A Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Exploration of the Keys of A Major and A Minor / Capo Technique / Strumming Patterns…

Focus on Technique

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 12


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Putting the Theory Into Practice: Tune Accompaniment

Focus on Technique

Pigeon on the Gate

Bouzouki Accompaniment Lesson 13


E Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Chordal Structures / Strumming Patterns

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

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