Guitar Basics (Accompaniment)

The aim of this course is to learn how to accompany Irish traditional music on the guitar using standard tuning. Jean examines the chords, structure and rhythms of some of the most typical tunes types and keys in Irish music, such as the reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes and waltzes. Throughout the lesson you will have an overview of different modes and styles of accompaniment. Jean picked a selection of well-known tunes to demonstrate the taught skills and techniques including Gallagher’s frolics, Out on the Ocean, the Kid on the Mountain, The Man of the House and many more. Some of the techniques he will focus on includes how to back using simple chords, simple 4/4, 6/8, 3/4 or 9/8 rhythms, as well as syncopated rhythms and more complex chords. This course is a very useful source of information for beginner guitarists who are new to Irish Traditional music and would learn how to accompany it as well as confirmed musicians who want to get an insight into this music. It will also be a great help to guitarists who have a good experience of Irish music accompaniment and wish to go further in the development of their style.


Lessons

FREE

How to Tune the Guitar

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 1


Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Tune the Guitar / Hand and Instrument Positioning

Focus on Technique

FREE

How to Read Chord Charts

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 2


Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Read Chord Charts / Instrument Maintenance

Focus on Technique

FREE

The Mountain Road

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 3


D Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Accompaniment of a Simple Reel in D Major - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Reel

The Bag of Spuds

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 4


A Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Accompaniment of a Simple Jig in A Minor - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Jig

Gallagher's Frolics

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 5


E Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Simple Jig in E Minor - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Jig

Out on the Ocean

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 6


G Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Jig in G Major -Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Jig

The Kid on the Mountain

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 7


E Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Slip Jig in E Minor - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Slip Jig

Give Us A Drink of Water

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 8


G Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Slip Jig in G Major - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Slip Jig

The Rights of Man

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 9


G Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Hornpipe in G Major - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Hornpipe

The Reel of Sceachog

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 10


A Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Reel in A Major - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Reel

Fanny Power

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 11


G Major | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Waltz in G Major - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Waltz

The Hag at the Churn (1)

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 12


D Mixolydian | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Introduction to the Flat Picking Technique

Jig

The Hag at the Churn (2)

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 13


D Mixolydian | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Jig in D Mixolydian - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Jig

The Man of the House (1)

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 14


E Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

Flat Picking the Melody / Plectrum Motion

Reel

The Man of the House (2)

Guitar Basics (Accompaniment) Lesson 15


E Minor | Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Accompany a Reel in E Minor - Chordal Structures and Strumming Patterns

Reel

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