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Bowing in Irish Music

This lesson is part of the course Irish Fiddle with Dale Russ.
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Learn traditional Irish fiddle, with an emphasis on playing the dance music of Ireland, including jigs, reels, polkas, slip jigs, hornpipes, and more, with an Irish feel and ornamentation.
 
 
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The Tar Road to Sligo
 
In this lesson, you’ll learn one of the most distinctive ornaments in Irish music, the “roll,” which combines grace notes and slurs. Dale explains the roll, and shows you a roll on different fingers and strings. He recommends practicing them slowly and repeatedly with a metronome so that the motion becomes natural, and he shows how you can use rolls in jigs whenever the first and third note of a three-note pattern are the same. You can also roll on the first notes of arpeggios, as in the last phrase of the B part of “The Tar Road to Sligo.”
 
 
 
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Bowing in Irish Music  
 
Bowing in Irish Music  
 
Bowing in Irish Music
Bowing in Irish Music
 
Moving on from his introduction to Irish fiddle, Dale delves deeper into the bowing in Irish fiddling. The foundation of Irish fiddling is rhythm so it’s important to develop good bowing habits. Dale begins by talking about single bowing, in which each bow stroke plays a single note, and then shows you how to add slurs, giving you two examples of bowing patterns that use slurs in different parts of the beat. You’ll also learn an exercise that combines the different bowing patterns on a simple scale. Then Dale talks about intervals and shows you a two-octave pattern using thirds, which are very common in Irish tunes. You’ll use this thirds exercise to practice the different bowing patterns. Dale also talks about the importance of triads in Irish music and the importance of learning them in the keys of G, D, and A especially.

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