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Learn Traditional Irish Music on Guitar.

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Lesson 72. Yellow Tinker

The “Yellow Tinker” is a tune in the G mixolydian mode. In other words the scale used is a C Scale but played in the key of G. The tune is associated with the playing of Galway accordionist Joe Burke , and perhaps because of Burke, it is very popular and widely played. The first and third parts of the tune are almost pure mixolydian, whilst the second part of the tune is almost pure G Major, although Tony didn’t alter the key signature for the second part, despite there being an argument...


Lesson 63. Frost is All Over

Lesson 63. Frost is All Over A delightful jig with a strong underlying rhythm, which is probably why it is quite often used for playing at cilithe (social dances). In the second bars of both the third and fourth lines you will note that Tony uses the same finger for the first two notes of those bars (G and F#), plays the high B with his fourth finger and the high A with his third finger. In the booklet (Book 4), we’ve included a separate accompaniment sheet for this tune. Note that Tony...


Lesson 62. First Clan March of the O'Sullivans

Lesson 62. First Clan March of the O'Sullivans


Lesson 61. Farewell to Erin

The most challenging tune in Book 4, this is totally unrelated to "Farewell to Ireland". It's not at all unknonwn to encounter such confusingly similar titles in Irish music! Normally played in A Dorian, but Tony has arranged it for gutar in E Dorian. You can capo up to the 5th fret, but on the podcast there's no capo. Tony has also brought the first part in some places so it can be played in one octave, giving it a more dynamic sound. In some places there are triplets using three...


Lesson 58. The Drunken Gauger

This tune is a Set Dance. It is played in jig time and has all the characteristics of a jig, but is played much slower. A most unusual feature of this tune is the order in which the parts of the tune are played. There are only two parts to the tune but they are played: AA BA BA. This would be a sequence required by someone stepping the tune. Tony says a humorous sidelight to this tune is that quite often when he’s heard it played at a session, after about 1 minute and 20 seconds people...


Lesson 57. Devaney's Goat

Lesson 57. Devaney's Goat


Lesson 56-and-a-half. Cripple Creek

A bonus lesson - an Appalachian tune


Lesson 54 - Timor the Tartar

This tune is Scottish in origin, and is an example of how closely related the Scottish and Irish traditions are, and yet both music forms are quite different. Tony's arrangement is in G Major, capo 2, thus the "real" key is A Major. Listen to the lesson (TimorTheTartar.mp3, 8 minutes 23 seconds. 2.87 MB)


Lesson 53 - Three Sea Captains

This tune is written in jig time (6/8) but is in fact a set piece, or set dance. During the podcast. Tony comments that, sadly, such set pieces don't often an airing at sessions.File size is 3.9MB.Duration is 11 minutes 22 seconds.


Lesson 52 - Paddy's Polka (No. 2)

This polka is in G Major, so when coupled Paddy's Polka (no. 1), there's an interesting key change from D Minor to G Major.In this tune, the B part can begin on either a G Major or E Minor. Tony's preference is for the E Minor, so that's how it's notated in the booklet (Book 3).File size is 2.62MB.Duration is 7 minutes 37 seconds.


Lesson 50 - Maura Walsh's Jig

This lesson is one of Tony's own compositions.Maura Walsh is a good friend of Tony's, and an accomplished musician. Tony has learned much about Irish music from her.File size is 3.73MB.Duration is 10 minutes 52 seconds.


Lesson 49 - McDermott's

This reel is normally played in D, but Tony's arrangement is in C, with a capo on the second fret.File size is 3.61MB.Duration is 10 minutes 32 seconds.


Lesson 48 - Joe Bane's

Joe Bane was a tin whistle and flute player from the Magherabaun area near Feakle in East Clare. Musicians such as Mary McNamara and Martin Hayes picked up a lot of tunes from him.This is a hornpipe, and Tony plays it in the key of F.File size is 3.49MB.Duration is 10 minutes 10 seconds.


Lesson 47 - Glass O'Beer

Another 16-bar reel, the first part is in B Minor, and the second in D Major.File size is 2.7MB.Duration is 7 minutes 53 seconds.


Lesson 46 - Flower of the Flock (in open D)

This tune is a 16 bar reel, normally played in the Key of G.Tony's arrangement is played in an Open D tuning, so to play in G you'll need to capo the 5th fret.Details on the tuning, and on chord shapes for Open D, are provided in the booklet (Book 3). The tuning is D A D F# A D, from the lowest pitched string to the highest.File size is 3.43MB.Duration is 10 minutes.


Lesson 45 - Fisherman's Jig

The Fisherman's Jig is in fact a slip jig.Slip jigs comprise only a small percentage of the Irish Music repertoire and you can attend session after session and not hear them at all. Tony often plays this with Na Ceannabhain Bhna (which we had in Lesson 16 in Book 1).File size is 2.54MB.Duration is 7 minutes 25 seconds.


Lesson 44 - Echoes of Killarney

We return to our 'normal' program with a slide.


Lesson 43-and-a-half - Danny Boy

This is a bonus lesson, since it's not within the genre that we're studying. Rather, it's Tony's arrangement of Danny Boy, also know as The Londonderry Air.It may be a bit daunting for the newcomer. Sheet music and tab notation are provided in Book 3.File size is 3.79MB.Duration is 11 minutes 3 seconds.


Lesson 43 - Crib of Perches

Tony picked this tune up from the late Billy Moran. Billy was a button accordionist from Galway who migrated to Australia in the late 1940's and made an enormous contribution to the musical heritage of Australia. The A, or first, part is played using the D Mixolydian Mode and the B or second part uses a D Ionian (or Major) mode.File size is 4.88MB.Duration is 14 minutes 13 seconds.


Lesson 42 - Cliffs of Moher

This week we have a lovely jig.Tony talks about the use of overtones to enhance your playing, and which can be used to good effect in this tune.File size is 4.01MB.Duration is 11 minutes 41 seconds.