Challenge Yourself To Learn More

#OAIM50

 

What started as a simple idea to have the whole OAIM community learning the same new tune together, 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. 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 regular 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 76,000 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 feature the tune of the week that we’re working on in the challenge. If you’re unsure, simply email us, tweet us, or message us on Facebook.

The #OAIM50 Challenge, which started St Patrick’s Day 2020, covers 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.

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 of 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.

NEW 50 TUNE LIST  RELEASED JANUARY 2022

(FYI: Lessons 1 to 22 below are from the new list, rest from old list which will be updated.)

Timetable:

 

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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

Inis Oírr

Tune 1: Inis Oírr

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson Kirsten will teach the slow air Inis Oírr.

Slow Air

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Around The Fairy Fort

Tune 2: Around The Fairy Fort / Vincent Broderick's

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson the barn dance “Around the Fairy Fort” will be taught.

Barndance

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Johnny Will You Marry Me

Tune 3: Johnny Will You Marry Me

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Edel will teach a lively fling called ‘Johnny Will You Marry Me’

Fling

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The Foggy Dew

Tune 4: The Foggy Dew

  • E Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson Steph will teach ‘The Foggy Dew’

March

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Molly Malone

Tune 5: Molly Malone

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Paddy will teach well known Irish tune ‘Molly Malone’ using the G scale.

Waltz

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Mother And Child Reel

Tune 6: The Mother And Child Reel

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson Lisa will teach a Reel called ‘Mother and Child Reel’.

Reel

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The Bluebell Polka

Tune 7: The Bluebell Polka

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

In this lesson, Lisa will teach a lively Polka in G major ‘The Bluebell Polka’.

Polka

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Brian Boru’s March

Tune 8: Brian Boru's March

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson Lisa will teach melody of ‘Brian Boru’s March’

March

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The Boys of Tandragee

Tune 9: The Boys of Tandragee

  • E Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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The Roll, Triplets and Chords

Jig

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Báidín Fheilimi

Tune 10: Báidín Fheilimí

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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In this lesson Lisa teaches the song air of a well known Irish song

Waltz

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Out on the Ocean

Tune 11: Out on the Ocean

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

In this lesson Lisa will teach the well known Jig ‘Out on the Ocean’

Jig

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My First Night In America

Tune 12: My First Night In America

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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This lesson will teach the jig, ‘My First Night in America’

Jig

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The Sunny Banks

Tune 13: The Sunny Banks

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Steph will now teach a Reel called ‘The Sunny Banks’ in D Major.

Reel

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A Cup Of Tea

Tune 14: A Cup of Tea

  • E Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Lisa will teach the Reel ‘A Cup of Tea’

Reel

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The Glass of Beer

Tune 15: The Glass of Beer

  • B Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody

In this lesson Lisa will will teach the reel ‘The Glass of Beer’ in B Minor.

Reel

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Give Us A Drink of Water

Tune 16: Give Us A Drink Of Water

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
Learn Irish Tin Whistle Online

Give Us a Drink of Water in G Major

Slip Jig

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The Green Mountain

Tune 17: The Green Mountain

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
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Popular Irish Reel The Green Mountain

Reel

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The Heathery Breeze

Tune 18: The Heathery Breeze

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

The well known reel ‘The Heathery Breeze’ in the key of G Major

Reel

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Many A Wild Night

Tune 19: Many A Wild Night

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

The Polka ‘Many a Wild Night’ in the key of D major

Polka

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The Rambling Pitchfork

Tune 20: The Rambling Pitchfork

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

Niamh Dunne teaches The Rambling Pitchfork

Jig

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The North Road To Tralee

Tune 21: The North Road To Tralee

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

Caroline Keane teaches this lively Slide

Slide

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The Peeler And The Goat

Tune 22: The Peeler And The Goat

  • E Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody

Another Slide from Caroline

Slide

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The Tulla Reel

Tune 23: The Tulla Reel

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
Learn Irish Accordion Online

Study of cuts and triplets

Reel

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Drowsy Maggie

Tune 24: Drowsy Maggie

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
Learn Irish Accordion Online

Focus on Ornamentation and Variation

Reel

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Sally Garden’s

Tune 25: Sally Gardens

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody
Learn Irish Tin Whistle Online

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
Learn Irish Fiddle Online Intermediate

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 trebles

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
Learn Irish Concertina Online

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
Learn Irish Concertina Online

Study of the triplet

Jig

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The Mist Covered Mountain

Tune 38: The Mist Covered Mountain

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody
Learn Irish Accordion Online

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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The Holly Bush

Tune 49: The Holly Bush

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

Jig

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We Won’t Go Home Until the Morning

Tune 50: We Won't Go Home Until the Morning

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody
Learn Irish Tin Whistle Online

Additional exercises on the scale of D will be demonstrated

Polka

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