- 13 lessons teaching how to accompany 13 very popular Irish tunes.
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- PDF sheet music & mp3’s to download & keep for each tune.
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Banjo Progressions bridges the gap between Banjo Foundations and Irish Tenor Banjo Technique. So you’ll be expected to be familiar with the tenor banjo and ready to dive right into some serious ornamentation and styling. Don’t worry though, you’re in good hands and have a lovely repertoire with which to practice these exciting new techniques.
By the end of the 13-lesson course, you’ll have renewed your banjo inspiration with some serious techniques that you’ll be able to carry over to almost any tune.
This course is comprised of a highly detailed series of 13 lessons, each featuring one or two specific techniques, broken down in a clear concise way.
Each lesson begins with the tune being played as it naturally would be played in a session. The tutor then demonstrates and discusses the technique relevant to the tune before going on to teach the tune phrase by phrase. At the end of each lesson, the tune is played slowly with the focus on the technique that was taught in the lesson. Each lesson is structured in this way to carefully flesh out the tune and the corresponding highlighted techniques, ultimately bringing them together in such a way as to not only train you in being able to play the technique but to train your ear to be able to recognise and incorporate them at the most optimal moments in a tune. In this way, you can begin to develop your own style of playing.
Using the 13 different tunes (listed below), the following techniques will be covered:
How to use triplets to imitate rolls
Fitting triplet runs into a tune
Sliding up the fret for colour and effect
How to use pull-offs to mimic cuts and rolls
Trill effects on the banjo – a legato embellishment
Using the fourth finger for the sixth fret
Consecutive downstrokes for Polka rhythm
The traditional Irish tunes taught are:
Cucanandy Hop jig
The Geese in the Bog (Old Version)
The Glenties Mazurka
Bere Island Reel
The Curlew Hills Barndance
Tom McElvogue’s Slip Jig
The Ships in Full Sail
Farewell to Whiskey
Tribute to Larry Reynolds
The Killarney Wonder Schottishe
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of Dan Breen’s Reel
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.
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