Concertina Progressions

Concertina progressions is a course aimed at the player who already knows the basics and foundations of concertina playing but who wants to progress with their  ornamentation, repertoire and chording skills.  The course is taught by Liam O’Brien and consists of thirteen lessons; each lesson features a new tune.   Most of the tunes taught have links to Liam’s hometown of Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare, which is where uilleann piper Willie Clancy also came from, and is the location of one of Ireland’s largest traditional music festivals.  The repertoire of  Willie Clancy features throughout the course.  

In the first three lessons Liam focuses mainly of ornamentation - cuts, grace notes and triplets.  In lessons four and nine Liam discusses and demonstrates the links between concertina chording and the drones and regulators of the pipes.  Although  the lessons are aimed at an intermediate level of playing, the more advanced player can pick up advanced techniques which can be in heard Part one of each lesson, namely chords, ornamentation, variation and speed.  

By the end of the course, the student will have a repertoire of thirteen tunes that sit well on the concertina, a better understanding of ornamentation and chords, and a deeper understanding of the Irish music tradition.


Lessons

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Concertina Progressions Lesson 1


D Mixolydian | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation: Cuts

Jig

The Hills of Coore

Concertina Progressions Lesson 2


D Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Rolls

Hornpipe

An Suisin Bán

Concertina Progressions Lesson 3


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation: Triplets, Rolls and Cuts

Hornpipe

The Mountain Top

Concertina Progressions Lesson 4


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

Chords

Reel

The Battle of Aughrim

Concertina Progressions Lesson 5


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation and Chords

March

The Hardiman The Fiddler

Concertina Progressions Lesson 6


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls, Cuts and Triplets

Jig

The Morning Star

Concertina Progressions Lesson 7


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls, Cuts and Triplets

Reel

The Lark on the Strand

Concertina Progressions Lesson 8


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls, Cuts, Triplets

Jig

Frahers

Concertina Progressions Lesson 9


D Mixolydian | Level 2 | Melody

Variation, Chords and Piping Trills

Jig

Sonny Murray's Hornpipe

Concertina Progressions Lesson 10


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

Chording Technique

Hornpipe

Willie Clancy's Reel

Concertina Progressions Lesson 11


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Focus on Rolls

Reel

Tatter Jack Walsh

Concertina Progressions Lesson 12


D Mixolydian | Level 2 | Melody

Chords and Piping Effects

Jig

The Humours of Scarriff

Concertina Progressions Lesson 13


D Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Ornamentation - Rolls on Low and High 'D' / Alternative Fingering

 

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