Having online or 'virtual' lessons may be a little daunting for some so I have produced this guide to help if you are interested in starting or carrying on your learning with me. Hope it helps.
Well, 2020 is looking to be a busy year for me. We are coming towards the end of month 2 and already I feel like I have more pies than I have fingers.
Firstly, I am writing a new album, I do not know when this will be released or recorded yet but I am hoping that it will be ready for the summer. It will be my second full length album and the last one was recorded 8 years ago. I am certainly hoping that it won't be another 8 years until album 3.
The Folk Orc is going from strength to strength and we shall be at festivals again this summer giving everyone and anyone the opportunity to get their hands on an instrument for a few hours.
There is new book on its way in partnerships with the National Parks Authority and Coda Music Centre so keep an eye out for news on that.
Plus, I have promised myself I will get to grips with this online presence thing I have heard so much about. So, here it is, the start.
So in this post I would like to introduce a traditional Irish fiddle tune that I first learnt off a very hairy mandolin player called Grahame. The arrangment I have done here is a comination of te version I learnt from Grahame and a notated version that I found in one of the many tune books I have discovered in charity shop somewhere along the line. What I like about this tune is that it really drives along, the simple bass line that sits underneath the tune really helps with this. Watch the video below for guidance on how to play this tune. The TAB is available from the link below the video.
Get the TAB here:
Look out for an upcoming video demonstrating the G Fingerstyle Handposition that is used in this tune and host of other easy folk tunes that also use the same postion.
Well here we are, two months till Christmas and it is time to bring out the pieces of music we only here once a year. My offering for you today is an arrangment of Silent Night that I did a few years ago for 5-string Banjo. This version of the tune can be classed as 'easy' in that it is quite slow and sparce, however, there are a few stretches and if you are a beginner you may find these a little taxing. Watch the video below that takes you through the chord shapes and stretches then click on the link to get the TAB for it.
Get the Tab here: