B/C Accordion Foundations

This course 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 learnt in the Irish traditional style, then this is the course for you! Various types of tunes will be covered throughout the course: Polkas, Slides, Slip- Jigs, Jigs, Hornpipes and Reels- all of which are popular, well known, session tunes. The first half of Dáire's course also 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. His methods are firmly rooted in the traditional ways of teaching Irish music; he breaks up the tunes into short phrases that he plays repeatedly, prompting the student to play with him after listening once or twice to the phrase.


Lessons

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The Balllydesmond Polka

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 1


C Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Cut

Polka

My First Night in America

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 2


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts and Triplets

Jig

The Boys of Bluehill

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 3


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts and Triplets

Hornpipe

The Tulla Reel

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 4


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts and Triplets

Reel

The Red Haired Lass

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 5


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Roll

Reel

Ship in Full Sail

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 6


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Melodic Variation

Jig

Dennis Muphys Slide

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 7


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

This lesson will teach the slide "Dennis Murphy's". Dáire will continue his study…

Slide

Off to California

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 8


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Melodic Variation

Hornpipe

Drowsy Maggie

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 9


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Melodic Variation and Ornamentation

Reel

The Maids of Ardagh

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 10


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Melodic Variation and Ornamentation

Polka

The Black Haired Lass

B/C Accordion Foundations Lesson 11


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation

Slip Jig

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Online Academy of Irish Music

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