The guitar has well earned its place as a favoured accompaniment instrument for Irish music. In many ways this has opened the doors of the tradition to musicians of other genres to join in the fun that is an Irish traditional music session.
This course is for beginner guitarists who are new to Irish traditional music and would like to learn how to accompany it as well as established musicians who want to get an insight into this music. It will also be a great help to guitarists who have good experience of Irish music accompaniment and wish to go further in the development of their style.
By the end of the course you will have a repertoire of eleven popular Irish session tunes that you will be able to accompany in style. You will have learned chords, structure and rhythms of some of the most typical tunes types and keys in Irish music, such as reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes and waltzes. The course has 15 lessons in total which are broken into 3 to 4 tutorials per lesson.
First you will learn how to tune a guitar and how to read chord charts. Then you will move into a progressive study of techniques that focus on how to play accompaniment using simple chords, simple 4/4, 6/8, 3/4 or 9/8 rhythms, as well as syncopated rhythms and more complex chords. The tutor uses a broad selection of well-known tunes to demonstrate the skills taught. Mp3 files of each tune are included for download in the course content as are pdf’s of the chords, in both standard and ABC notation.
Here’s a list of the tunes taught in this course:
The Bag Of Spuds
Out On The Ocean
The Kid On The Mountain
Give Us A Drink Of Water
The Reel Of Sceachog
The Hag At The Churn
The Man Of The House
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Mountain Road
Advice Starting Out with Guitar Accompaniment
Enjoy the journey. It is highly recommended to be familiar with any tune you are learning before learning how to play accompaniment, so download the mp3 file and listen to it frequently first before picking up the guitar to learn to play accompaniment.
The Play Along Backing Tracks feature for paying members is an accompanist’s dream. In it are over 150 tunes that have the option of being played back at three different speeds 50/75/100%. You can choose to play back only the melody so that you can play your own accompaniment, or you can also select to play back both melody and accompaniment so that you can join in and feel part of the session and learn as you go. All tracks come with the guitar chords for accompaniment, that alone is worth the membership fee!
Find detailed questions and discussion on the course in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.