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. Here are our montages 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.
RTÉ NEWS pick up on our #OAIM50 Challenge
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. Each lesson covers a tune. Please follow the tune for each week (tune 1 = week 1 and so on), so that we’re all working on the same tune together! The challenge started on St Patrick’s Day 2020 (17th March). We move on to a new tune at the beginning of each week, on Mondays.
Week beginning 25th May = Week 11 = Tune 11 = The Butterfly
Week beginning 1st June = Week 12 = Tune 12 = Na Ceannabhain Bhána
Week beginning 8th June = Week 13 = Tune 13 = Pig Town
Week beginning 15th June = Week 14 = Tune 14 = Rolling in the Ryegrass
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?