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Irish Rhythm Guitar

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    Introduction (9:18)


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    Basic Chords (6:47)


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    "Crowley's" & "Mountain Road" (7:18)


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    "Craig's Pipes" & "The Gooseberry Bush" (11:34)


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    "Gallagher's Frolics" & "The Mist Covered Mountain" (15:44)


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    "Langstrom's Pony" (9:27)


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    "Humours of Whiskey", "Banks of Loch Gamhna", & "Return to Camden Town" (7:45)


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    "The Fermoy Lasses" & "The Girl That Broke My Heart" (8:06)


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    "Chief O'Neill's Hornpipe" & Final Thoughts (9:54)


In this Homespun videos series, learn the fine art of backing Celtic tunes on guitar! Explore the strumming patterns, bass lines, accents and syncopations that Celtic guitar hero John Doyle uses to drive a tune forward.

You'll discover how adding minor chords and other substitutions add interest to a basic three-chord tune, and learn both simple and complex accompaniments to more than a dozen great reels, jigs and hornpipes.

John demonstrates his unique strumming patterns using moving bass lines, palm damping, backbeats, accents and syncopations to drive a tune forward. Using dropped D tuning throughout, John shows how to add interest and depth to a basic three-chord tune by using minor chords and other substitutions to change the underlying harmonic structure.

John then goes over each tune, slowly and up to speed, developing dynamic chord progressions and rhythmic flourishes as he progresses. You'll learn rhythmic accompaniments to reels, jigs, slip jigs and hornpipes, including: Crowley's, The Mountain Road, Craig's Pipes, The Gooseberry Bush, Gallagher's Frolics, Mist Covered Mountain, Langstrom's Pony, Humours of Whiskey, Banks of Loch Gamhna, Return to Camden Town, The Fermoy Lasses, The Girl That Broke My Heart, Chief O'Neill's Hornpipe, Tim Henry's Favorite, The Pullet and The Floating Crowbar.


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John Doyle is among the most talented and innovative musicians to come out of Ireland in recent years. A left-handed player, he is an extraordinary acoustic guitarist as well as an accomplished singer and songwriter. John's guitar can be heard accompanying many top Irish artists and on film and TV soundtracks such as "The Brothers McMullin" and "Out of Ireland."
 
He toured and recorded for many years as a member of the highly acclaimed group Solas, whose first Shanachie recording received the 1996 Naird Award for best Celtic release. Their second CD, "Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers," soared into the Top Ten of the Billboard World Music charts in 1997. John currently performs regularly with Tim O'Brien, Alison Brown, Cathie Ryan, Kate Rusby, John Williams and Liz Carroll. As a producer, he has crafted CDs for Heidi Talbot (Cherish the Ladies), Liz Carroll, and John's father, Sean Doyle. His second solo CD will be out in Fall, 2004 on Compass Records.

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    Irish Rhythm Guitar

    In this Homespun videos series, learn the fine art of backing Celtic tunes on guitar! Explore the strumming patterns, bass lines, accents and syncopations that Celtic guitar hero John Doyle uses to drive a tune forward.

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