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Irish Rhythm Guitar

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9 Videos | Length: 1hr 25min 53sec
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    Introduction

    In this first video, we are introduced to Irish guitarist John Doyle and go over tuning and reel strumming.

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    Basic Chords

    In this video, John covers basic chords.

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    "Crowley's" & "Mountain Road"

    Here, we are shown two songs and go over the three chord trick as well as substitute and passing chords.

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    "Craig's Pipes" & "The Gooseberry Bush"

    In this video, we are shown songs that have major and minor chords in them.

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    "Gallagher's Frolics" & "The Mist Covered Mountain"

    The next two songs we are shown includes jig strumming and jig accenting patterns.

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    "Langstrom's Pony"

    After being shown "Langstrom's Pony" we go over slip jig patterns.

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    "Humours of Whiskey", "Banks of Loch Gamhna", & "Return to Camden Town"

    In this video, we analyze three Irish songs and go over each one of them.

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    "The Fermoy Lasses" & "The Girl That Broke My Heart"

    Here, we learn two songs and some variations for them.

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    "Chief O'Neill's Hornpipe" & Final Thoughts

    In this final video we learn a 2/4 song, some variations, and final thoughts from John.

Product Overview


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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