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Irish Fiddle Styles

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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  • Technique lessons on ornamentation for both hands
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Irish Fiddle Styles  
 
Irish Fiddle Styles  
 
Irish Fiddle Styles
Irish Fiddle Styles
 
Traditional Irish fiddling has evolved over the centuries and was particularly influenced by the advent of recording. When Irish fiddlers heard the 1920s and ‘30s records by Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, and others, they emulated what they heard on record and lost some of the regional characteristics of their playing. Dale talks about the evolution of Irish fiddling and the efforts by some players now to maintain or revive the older styles. He talks, for example, about some of the differences between northern (Donegal) playing and other regions like Sligo, Clare, Kerry, and other counties. He also talks about his own style of playing as a combination of Clare and Sligo styles. He finishes by playing “The Custom Gap.”

 
 
 
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