Since the 1970s the guitar has replaced the piano as the favoured form of accompaniment for many Irish traditional musicians. It is obviously much more portable and, in many cases, provides the musician with more subtle accompaniment approaches. Many people say they would love to learn to play the guitar, and here at OAIM we have a range of guitar courses tailored to different tastes. If you want to delve into the open DADGAD tuning, M.J. McMahon will guide you through all of the fundamentals and techniques to get you to a solid standard. Or, perhaps you’re more interested in standard tuning. Cillian O’Dalaigh and Jean Damei both have courses aimed at various playing levels. And if backing songs rather than session tunes is more up your street, then we have Jon O’Connell’s course on popular Irish pub songs to give you some ideas from an accompaniment perspective. Scroll down for the list of courses.
All of our tutors are Irish music professionals carefully selected for individual mastery in their instruments and proven ability in teaching their craft. All our courses follow the traditional way of learning Irish music, using the ‘phrase by phrase’ technique for teaching tunes while watching the tutor to learn good technique. Using this time-honoured, proven system of Irish musical tuition, combined with the latest technology (Virtual Reality anyone?!), we bring Irish music tuition to you, wherever you are in the world.