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New Course Release:

Guitar Basics, Standard Tuning Accompaniment for Irish Music

Here at OAIM we are pleased to announce the recent release of three new guitar courses (one in French!). OAIM is now home to over 90 Irish guitar accompaniment lessons.

The aim of ‘Guitar Basics’ is to learn how to accompany Irish traditional music on the guitar using standard tuning. Jean Damei examines the chords, structure and rhythms of some of the most typical tunes types and keys in Irish music, such as Reels, Jigs, Slipjigs, Hornpipes and Waltzes.

Throughout the lessons he gives an overview of different modes and styles of accompaniment. Jean picked a selection of well– known tunes to demonstrate the taught skills and techniques including Gallagher’s frolics, Out on the Ocean, the Kid on the Mountain and The Man of the House.

Some of the techniques he focuses on include how to accompany tunes using simple chords, 4/4, 6/8, 3/4 or 9/8 rhythms, as well as syncopated rhythms and more complex chords.

This course is a very useful source of information for beginner guitarists who are new to Irish Traditional music and would like to learn how to accompany it and also more experienced musicians who want to get an insight into Irish music accompaniment. Each lesson contains chord illustrations, notation with chords and MP3’s.

On–line Lessons also available for flute, fiddle, whistle, accordion, harp, mandolin, bouzouki, song, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, piano and concertina.

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