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‘Banjo Foundations’, taught by Lisa Canny is designed as a follow on to her beginner course ‘Banjo Basics’. Throughout the course Lisa will build on techniques previously introduced in her first course, namely:
ornamentation, slides, cuts and trebles and how to incorporate these subtly into the tunes.
She further discusses the use of chords and harmonisation as well as efficient finger movement for the use of high notes and ease of finger movement around the frets.
The range of tunes is taken from the Irish session repertoire – plenty of jigs and reels!
By the end of ‘Banjo Foundations’ the budding banjo player can expect to have a repertoire of 13 popular Irish session tunes as well as a good group of techniques and ornaments to help you create that distinctive Irish sound.
All the tunes from this course have accompanying play along practice tracks which makes practice fun and enjoyable!!
The traditional Irish tunes and corresponding techniques taught are:
The Kelkenny Jig (Trebles)
The Silver Spear Reel (Trebles)
The Spotted Dog Jig (Ornament: Slides)
Lucy Cambell’s Reel (Ornamentation: Cuts)
The Ships are Sailing Reel (Ornamentation: Triplets and Slides)
The Killavil Jig (Chords and Double Stops)
The Bluebell Polka (Triplets and Accidentals)
Geese in the Bog Jig (Strengthening of the Pinky Finger )
The Red Haired Boy Reel (Chromaticism)
The Blackthorn Stick Jig (Legato Playing)
The Ashplant Reel (Efficient use of Fingers)
The Glass of Beer Reel (Efficient use of Finger Movement)
Sample Sheet Music
Download The Harvest Home Hornpipe ABC Sheet Music.
Download The Harvest Home Hornpipe Standard Notation Sheet Music.
Sample mp3 of The Harvest Home Hornpipe
Lisa is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and composer from Co. Mayo. At five years of age Lisa began learning tenor banjo and at ten she started on the harp and attending classes with Bernie and Holly Geraghty, meanwhile completing her academic grades on the piano too. Heavily involved with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ballindine, Lisa won 7 All-Ireland Fleadh Ceoil titles throughout her competing years, including the Senior Harp title in 2008. Now a teacher herself, 9 of Lisa’s own students have gone on to win All-Ireland medals. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Irish Music and Dance at University of Limerick in 2010, Lisa went on to achieve a first class honours Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at University College Cork. Her MA Thesis “Contemporary Tune Composition in Irish Traditional Music” looked at the practice of composition within the traditional music community from the 1960’s onwards, accompanied by a portfolio of Lisa’s own compositions; transcribed, recorded, performed, and analysed. Retaining a love for academia, Lisa plans to return to university in the future to pursue a PhD. Read more.
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.
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