Challenge Yourself To Learn More

#OAIM50

 

What started as a simple idea to have the whole OAIM community learning the same new tune every week, has quickly become what we’re calling a Global Session!

Along with learning a new tune together, members are invited to send us a video of themselves playing the tune of the week to a video or track we send them for timing. We then create a montage of the videos. Below are the first 8 montages: (check out the playlist for the full set of videos so far).

Please note: Only members are invited to participate in the video montages. We send a weekly email with the instructions. If you’re a member and you don’t receive these emails, be sure to contact us so that we can remedy that.

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RTÉ NEWS pick up on our #OAIM50 Challenge

RTE News share our global video session

 

We were so excited that Ireland’s largest media outlet, RTÉ, picked up on our very first Global Session video. It has already amassed over 73,000 views, making heroes and history of our wonderful students who participated in the fun. We’ll be challenged with future montages to make them even more creative and enjoyable… but, that’s where you come in!

Read all about the #OAIM50 Challenge below. On the OAIM members’ dashboard we usually feature the tune of the week that we’re doing in the challenge. If you’re unsure, simply email us, tweet us, or message us on facebook.

The #OAIM50 Challenge started St Patrick’s Day 2020, covers a whopping 50 tunes, selected for their popularity on the Irish music scene. The instruments used lean heavily on the tin whistle and flute, but also include tunes on fiddle, button accordion, guitar, piano, concertina, and banjo. But it doesn’t matter what instrument you learn from, mp3’s and sheet music are included in the tutorials for each tune.

The goal is to create a habit of practice, a commitment of playing your instrument often, and of challenging you to broaden your repertoire within a given time frame. The number 50 came from the idea that you could challenge yourself to learn 50 tunes in a year, giving you two weeks off! So that by St Patrick’s Day next year, you’ll have 50 tunes in your repertoire.

This may seem like a daunting task at first, but there’s nothing like goal setting to pique that competitive streak within, stimulate some dopamine and get you feeling like there could be serious bragging rights at the end of this challenge! And some youtube videos with you to share with your friends!

To take the challenge one step further, we invite you to share your progress on Social Media with the hashtag #OAIM50 so that you can see how fellow OAIM-er’s are doing. Be sure to post to our facebook page tag us on instagram or tweet to us on twitter.

Tunes covered include polkas, jigs, slip jigs and reels; plus a few hornpipes and waltzes. Don’t forget to use the Play-Along Backing Tracks section of the OAIM dashboard to help you follow the tune at slower speeds as you’re learning. It’s invaluable for building confidence with the note sequences of new tracks.

The 50 tunes are listed at the end of this page as the lessons for the course.

We are currently working on:

Week beginning 28th September = Tune 21 = Whelan’s Jig (deadline Sunday 11th October)

Many say the difference between success and failure can be put down to one simple decision, so are you willing to up your game, are you able for the #OAIM50 challenge?

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50 Irish Session Tunes Challenge Lessons

Level

Kerry Polka

Tune 1: Kerry Polka

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Join Kirsten as she introduces the challenge and teaches the first tune

Polka

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The Rattlin’ Bog

Tune 2: The Rattlin' Bog

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson, Steph will teach a simple tune in the key of D major

Polka

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Maggie in the Woods

Tune 3: Maggie in the Woods

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson, Niamh will teach a simple Polka in the key of G major

Polka

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The Balllydesmond Polka

Tune 4: Balllydesmond Polka

  • C Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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A lively polka is taught in this first lesson. Daire pays particular attention to the ‘cut’. Polka


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Britches Full of Stiches

Tune 5: Britches Full of Stitches

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Another lively Polka will be taught in this lesson, called ‘Britches Full of Stitches’

Polka

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Geese in the Bog

Tune 6: Geese in the Bog

  • C Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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This lesson is the first from the ‘Clare Fiddle Styles’ course.

Jig

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The Ten Penny Bit

Tune 7: Ten Penny Bit

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Kirsten will use the tune to demonstrate and teach ‘taps’

Jig

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Connacht Man’s Rambles

Tune 8: The Connaught Man's Rambles

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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The jig, ‘The Connaught Man’s Rambles’ is featured in this lesson…

Jig

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John McKenna’s Jig

Tune 9: John McKenna's Jig

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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The use of the glottal-stop

Jig

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The Clare Jig

Tune 10: The Clare Jig

  • A Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Majella introduces ‘ti-ka-ta’ tonguing in this lesson.

Jig

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The Butterfly

Tune 11: The Butterfly

  • B Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Introducing ‘the slide’ and how it can be used to soften notes

Slip Jig

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Na Ceannabhain Bhána

Tune 12: Na Ceannabhain Bhána

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The ornament ‘the cut’ will be introduced and applied to this Slip Jig

Slip Jig

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Pigtown

Tune 13: Pig Town

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Featuring how to improve lung capacity and tone

Reel

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Rolling in the Ryegrass

Tune 14: Rolling in the Ryegrass

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The use of the high B note, triplets and rolls

Reel

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Garrett Barry’s Jig

Tune 15: Garret Barry's

  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Cranns and ornaments of the note C sharp are introduced

Jig

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The Rolling Wave

Tune 16: The Rolling Wave

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Accompaniment using both left and right hand.

Jig

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The Boys of Bluehill

Tune 17: The Boys of Bluehill

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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How to incorporate the triplet ornament into the tune

Hornpipe

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Harvest Home

Tune 18: Harvest Home

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Introduction to the roll on the note of A

Hornpipe

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Sporting Paddy

Tune 19: Sporting Paddy

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Lots of scope to practice the A roll!

Reel

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The Coach Trip to Sligo

Tune 20: Coach Trip to Sligo

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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The roll on the note of G

Jig

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Whelan’s Jig

Tune 21: Whelan's Jig

  • E Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Rolls and their ability to create rhythmic and melodic variation

Jig

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The Wandering Minstrel

Tune 22: The Wandering Minstrel

  • D Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Focus on the ‘bounce’ and various methods of articulation

Jig

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The Tulla Reel

Tune 23: The Tulla Reel

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Study of cuts and triplets

Reel

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Drowsy Maggie

Tune 24: Drowsy Maggie

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Focus on Ornamentation and Variation

Reel

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Sally Garden’s

Tune 25: Sally Gardens

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Study of breathing in reels and use of ‘the cut’

Reel

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Maid Behind The Bar

Tune 26: The Maid Behind the Bar

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Study of long rolls, cuts and taps

Reel

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Sí Bheag Sí Mhór

Tune 27: Si Bheag Si Mhor

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Focus on Short Rolls

Waltz

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The Glen of Aherlow

Tune 28: The Glen of Aherlow

  • E Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Study of rolls, triplets and variation

Reel

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Martin Wynne’s

Tune 29: Martin Wynne's Reel

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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How to create melodic variation subtly throughout the tune

Reel

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West Clare Reel

Tune 30: The West Clare Reel

  • A Mixolydian
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Thomas will demonstrate how to ‘half hole’ effectively

Reel

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The Lilting Banshee

Tune 31: The Lilting Banshee

  • A Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Study of cuts, octave playing and chords

Jig

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I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her

Tune 32: I Buried My Wife And Danced On Top Of Her

  • Level 2
  • Melody
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This tune is in the key of D mixolydian


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The Rose in the Heather

Tune 33: The Rose in the Heather

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Focus on the use of second finger rolls, and the note of high B

Jig

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The Galway Rambler

Tune 34: The Galway Rambler

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody

Focus will be on using the bridging technique

Reel

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Reel

Tune 35: Roscommon Reel

  • E Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Majella will focus on full rolls and one note bow triplets

Reel

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The Silver Spear

Tune 36: The Silver Spear

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Tola will introduce the ‘triplet bow’ technique

Reel

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John McHugh’s

Tune 37: John McHugh's Jig

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Study of the triplet

Jig

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The Mist Covered Mountain

Tune 38: The Mist Covered Mountain

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Derek introduces the ornament ‘The Roll’ in this lesson

Jig

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Trip to the Cottage

Tune 39: Trip to the Cottage

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Rhythmic effects of double-stopping

Jig

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Fig for A Kiss

Tune 40: A Fig for a Kiss

  • E Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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An exercise to strengthen tone and embouchure will be given.

Slip Jig

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Humours of Whiskey

Tune 41: The Humours of Whiskey

  • B Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Throat articulation and strengthening it

Slip Jig

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The Drunken Landlady

Tune 42: The Drunken Landlady

  • A Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Rhythmic playing and embellishments

Reel

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The Red Haired Lass

Tune 43: The Red Haired Lass

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Introducing the ornament the ‘roll’ on the accordion

Reel

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The Swallow’s Tail

Tune 44: The Swallow's Tail

  • A Minor
  • Melody
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How to incorporate rhythmic variation into the tune

Reel

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The Plains of Boyle

Tune 45: The Plains of Boyle

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Variation will be discussed and demonstrated

Hornpipe

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Off to California

Tune 46: Off to California

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Kirsten will focus on melodic variation in this tune

Hornpipe

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The Derry Horpipe

Tune 47: Derry Hornpipe

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Study of intonation

Hornpipe

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The Ashplant

Tune 48: The Ashplant

  • E Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Focus on strengthening the E roll and intonation

Reel

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Lady Ann Montgomery’s

Tune 49: Lady Ann Montgomery's

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Practice in bringing out the low D’s

Reel

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The Crosses of Annagh

Tune 50: The Crosses of Annagh

  • A Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody
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Introducing the G roll

Reel

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