By the end of this course you will have a greater understanding of the rhythm of Irish dance tunes plus 13 new tunes to add to your repertoire. The course has 13 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
This course advances the exploration and demonstration of articulating, phrasing and ornamenting popular Irish dance tunes and presents exercises to aid tone, embouchure and breath control. It includes techniques that emphasise the rhythm, such as glottal stops, ornamentation and the breath.
The traditional Irish tunes and corresponding techniques taught are:
The Humours Of Alehouse (Throat Articulation)
The Kilmaley Reel (Tone: Consistency through lower and higher registers)
The Peaceful Greengroves (Tone and Left Hand Dexterity)
Kathleen O’Hehir’s Slide (Throat Articulation and Tone)
Sweet Marie (Flutter Tonguing)
Jim Donoghue’s (Breathing and Phrasing)
The Rookery (Ornamentation: Cranns, C♮ornamentation. Breathing and Phrasing)
Garrett Barry’s (Ornamentation: Cranns, C♮ornamentation. Breathing and Phrasing)
The Munster Cloak (Flutter Tonguing. The high D)
Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Barndance (Variation and Keywork)
Lady Ann Montgomery’s (Tone: The Low D)
The Mullinavat (Ornamentation)
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Holly Bush
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.