by Flynn Cohen
May 27, 2019
Welcome trad guitar players!
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I just started the course and you may address this later, but with the drop D tuning, do you only play in the key of D? When you switch keys in a session do you change the tunings?
I think he explains this in another lesson, but when Flynn plays the D chord, that finger is neither fretting the C or damping the string. It just happens to be above that note. Hope that makes sense
There are two Play-Along Tracks for the Reels lesson (The Tulla Reel and The Red-Haired Lass) and two for the Jigs lesson (The Rambling Pitchfork and Out on the Ocean). They're included in the list of lessons, right after Flynn teaches you the chord progression for that tune. And most of Flynn's lessons include Play-Along Tracks for a tune or two.
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Sorry to hear about your pick grip issues. My first thoughts are 1) try a textured pick (I use a Dunlop Nylon .60mm) and 2) experiment with different amount of pressure between your two fingers. If you have particularly sweaty hand then perhaps try sodium bicarbonate–rock climbers use it to chalk their hands and keep from falling off the edge!
Best of luck,
Most of Flynn's course is in Dropped-D Tuning, but there are a number of lessons on playing in DADGAD. You can see the current list of lessons (new lessons are added monthly) at the course page: https://pegheadnation.com/string-school/courses/irish-backup-guitar/
Hope that helps,
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I saw a video of you playing with the Lovely Marla Fibish
And enjoy your playing. I am considering taking your course.
I would like to know what tuning your playing in?
I play pretty much in Dadgad
I just started the course and was wondering if you cover playing the intro tunes/chord progressions you have at the start of Jig 1 (and other lessons) and Modal 1.
Great question! So far we have been pretty limited to basics of right hand rhythmic patterns, just trying to teach people an authentic feel for the Irish music that's different from other styles of guitar playing. We did cover the jig rhythm in the first course–which has a naturally accented pattern (D-U-D, D-U-D) and may address the idea of accenting in the future if we do a more advanced course, as I think of that a being more of a spice rather than an essential ingredient. Thanks for your interest, hope you're getting a lot out of it! -Fc
Good question! I have certainly encountered that issue. A couple of factors that exacerbate the problem: high action and light strings. I use medium gauge acoustic guitar strings (low is a .056), but I have relatively high action as well so I do a little microtuning, usually try to compromise by flattening the string by a small amount. Most people can hear a difference of 10 cents, so maybe think of that as your max amount of adjustment (my 5th fret G on the low D string is about 10 cents sharp), perhaps try experimenting with a few compromises to figure out which you prefer. Are you familiar with the concept & practice of temperament? If not, learning a little bit about it might empower you to make (and have faith in) some of your own micro adjustments:-)
Best of luck!
but i have a problem playing dropped d :when going up on the deepest string to f-sharp and to g, they are too high so i have to tune the deep d down a little but then it doesnt match with the high d- i just tried a 000-18 and had the same problem- how do you deal with this ?cheers hubert
Thanks for your interest in the course and your feedback. Marla and I collaborated on the entire first course of guitar lessons (with the play along tracks) and are planning to coordinate material on future courses. This is a relatively new format for many teachers so we're still figuring things out, but hope to find a system that works well across the related courses on Peghead Nation, especially for those players who are studying multiple instruments in the same style. Best of luck with your music and feel free to leave additional comments.
Glad you're enjoying the course. All the versions of the tunes Flynn references are from the Foinn Seisiun books and recordings. We've put Foinn Seisiun recordings of each tune on a Spotify playlist (see the bottom of the course page).
Hope to explore more tunes.
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