Expert Irish Fiddle Lesson – [Donegal Style] Jame’s Byrne’s Reel

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Learn how to play Donegal style fiddle music with Irish fiddle master Aidan O’Donnell. In this lesson you can master advanced ornamentation, bowing technique and a tune rooted in the Donegal style.
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Donegal Fiddle Styles Course Synopsis:
In this course, Aidan passes down the skills, knowledge and repertoire from the great Donegal fiddlers to the fiddle students of OAIM. All the tunes taught are firmly rooted in the Donegal tradition; stalwarts such as ‘The Glen Road to Carrick’, ‘Bundle and Go’, ‘The Cat that Kittled in Jamie’s Wig’ and ‘Séan sa Cheo’ feature amongst others. The fiddling and musical legacy of the Dohertys, the McConnells, James Byrne, Francie Dearg O’Beirn, Con Cassidy, Vincent Campbell and Danny Meehan are frequently referred to throughout Aidan’s thirteen tutorials. Bowing techniques feature prominently – the use of the up-bow, tight bowing, open and closed triplets and cranns. Various droning techniques are also taught – the use of finger drones, octave drones and double stops, This is all rounded off with teachings on position playing, octave playing and finger plucking! This course is a ‘must’ for any student interested in the fiddle styles of Donegal or advanced Irish fiddle techniques.

Donegal Fiddle Styles

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