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Tunes of Ireland

Tunes for Learning by Ear

Tunes with Guest Instructors

Great Scale Tunes

Cape Breton Tunes

Modern Shetland Tunes

Strathspey & Reel Pairs

Gaelic Melodies

Tunes of Winter

Old-Timey Tunes

Tunes of Love

Hornpipes

Ornamentation

Tunes of O’Carolan


Liz Knowles has performed with Riverdance, played the soundtrack for the film “Michael Collins”, and more.

Learn the Irish jig “Goat on the Green”, both the basic tune and variations, with bowing/ornaments.

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   (8 credits, 30 days)  



Katie McNally “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA” (Living Tradition).

Learn two tunes, a Scottish/Cape Breton jig (“Rose Wood”) and a pipe reel (“The Rejected Lover”).

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   (12 credits, 30 days)  




Alden Robinson studied traditional music in County Cork in Ireland and plays with the band Press Gang.

Learn the traditional Irish jig “I Was Born For Sport”).

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   (8 credits, 30 days)  




Andrea Beaton grew up in a musical family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  Her father, Kinnon, and her mother, Betty, are well known as fiddler and pianist.  She has made 6 solo CDs and published 2 books of tunes. Andrea tours and teaches widely.

Learn Andrea’s reel “Radio Edit”


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   (8 credits, 30 days)  




Jenna Moynihan specializes in Scottish and Appalachian fiddling, playing with Scottish harpist, Mairi Chaimbeul, with Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Darol Anger & The Furies, and has performed with Old Blind Dogs, Bruce Molsky, Kimberley Fraser, Phil Cunningham, and as a soloist with the Boston Pops.

Learn “Booth Shot Lincoln”


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   (8 credits, 30 days)  


Tunes of Ireland

Old Irish air “Sliabh na Mban” (Mountain of the Women), “Tobin’s Favorite” jig, “Honeysuckle” hornpipe, and the jig “I Was Born For Sport” with guest instructor

Alden Robinson


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 (15 credits, 30 days)

 Tunes of Love  

Pipe reel “The Clumsy Lover”, Burns song “Ae Fond Kiss”, old jig “Joy Gae Wi’ My Love”, plus the pipe reel “The Rejected Lover” with guest instructor Katie McNally


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(15 credits, 30 days)


 Tunes of Winter  

American tunes “Cold Frosty Morning”, “8th of January”, “28th of January”, an old Scottish air/waltz “A Cold Frosty Morning”, and of course, the antidote – “Warm and Snug”.

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(15 credits, 30 days)


Great Scale Tunes

Four classic tunes built on scales and arpeggios (good in conjunction with Technique Video Group 4):  Reel de Montreal (G & D), Miss Shepherd (Am), Spootiskerry (G pentatonic), Auld Lang Syne original version (G pentatonic)

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  (15 credits, 30 days)


Gaelic Melodies

Beautiful, simple, unpredictable –

a slow air (Lachlann Dubh), strathspey (Boys Be Happy), and reel (Reel of Blackcocks).

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 (15 credits, 30 days)


Learning by Ear

Tunes with clear structures allow you to grasp a few phrases and assemble the tune.  Even if you “know” these tunes, working this way will help you think in a fresh way.

Spoiler alert! (Don’t look them up!) – Scottish reel (Brolum), Irish jig (Behind the Haystack), and American waltz (Midnight on the Water).  

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  (15 credits, 30 days)


Modern Shetland

4 tunes written between 1960 and 2011.  Two reels (“Inside Oot Fish Eater”, “Zorro da Crow”), waltz/air (“Margaret Ann Robertson”), and jig (“Jim Anderson’s Delight”).

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  (15 credits, 30 days)



Hornpipes

Tunes to help learn hornpipe technique:  “Nancy”, “Crossing the Minch (MacNab’s)”, and “Staten Island”. Tune videos, a technique video on birls/triplets, sheet music, audio by tune and by phrase, link to a performance.

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  (15 credits, 30 days)


Tunes of O’Carolan

Three tunes by Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738), central to Irish fiddle repertoire:  Carolan’s Draught, Planxty Irwin, and Carolan’s Concerto, with videos, tunelearning pages, audio of whole tune and by phrase, sheet music, and links to harp and fiddle performances.


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  (15 credits, 30 days)

Ornamentation

4 tunes plus exercises helping you learn the Irish roll, and slow and quick grace notes.  Slow airs “Dargai”, “Cluny Castle”; “Kesh Jig”, “Peter Davidson” reel.


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  (15 credits, 30 days)

Strathspey → Reel

Six tunes pairing up strathspey & reel – Burn o’Cairney / Miss Wedderburn; Laird o’ Drumblair / Angus Campbell; King George IV (Cape Breton & Scottish versions) / King’s Reel.

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 (15 credits, 30 days)


Workshop Materials from Guest Instructors

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**Materials available from past workshops**

Tunes for Learning by Ear

Modern Shetland Tunes

Irish Jig with Liz Knowles

Scottish Jig with Katy McNally

Hornpipes

Ornamentation

Strathspey & Reel Pairs

Tunes of O’Carolan

Cape Breton tunes

Learn four Cape Breton tunes including one written by and taught by Andrea Beaton.

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 (15 credits, 30 days)

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Old-Timey Tunes

Learn “Ebenezer”, “Booth Shot Lincoln” (taught by guest, Jenna Moynihan), “Last of Callahan”, and “Bill Cheatham”

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  (15 credits, 30 days)


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