Fleadh Tunes for the Fiddle

You may be wondering 'What is a Fleadh tune'?  The Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Music) is an Irish music competition organised by Comhaltas.  There are county, provincial and 'all-Ireland' levels of competition that take place in Britain, N. America and Ireland.  These all lead to the grand final 'The All Ireland Fleadh' which takes place in Ireland each August.  In this course, Majella teaches suitable tunes for competitors at the fleadh.  However, this course is geared not only at the Fleadh competitor, but also at any fiddle player who wants to learn tunes best suited to the fiddle. The course begins with simple dance tunes and slow airs. A progressive study of  ornamentation, variation, phrasing, tempo, rhythm and tone will take place. When dealing with Slow Airs the main focus will be on the phrasing, momentum, appropriate ornamentation, the use of expression and most importantly the history and background to the airs and the accompanying songs, words and translations. The course will enable the learning fiddle player to have knowledge of appropriate competition tunes and an understanding of how to approach the topic of air playing.


Lessons

free Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 1
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 1

Majella will teach this slide with focus on the 'half-roll' and bowed triplets. [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 2
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 2

This lesson with teach the "Sliabh Russell Jig", an old traditional tune. In thi [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 3
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 3

In this lesson, the Hornpipe "Cofra Donn" will be taught, translated as 'the bro [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 4
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 4

The "Roscommon Reel" is the tune featured in this lesson. Majella will focus on [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 5
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 5

This lesson with teach the Slow Air "Caoineadh Uí Dhomhnaill" also known as the [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 6
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 6

"Tumble the Tinker" is an old traditional tune that will be taught in this less [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 7
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 7

This lesson with teach the hornpipe "Kitty's Wedding". Here Majella will be goin [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 8
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 8

The "Palmer's Gate" is the tune taught in this lesson. Majella will continue he [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 9
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 9

This lesson with teach the slow air 'Sé Fáth mo Bhuartha', translated as 'The [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 10
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 10

This lesson with teach The Castle Jig. Majella will continue her study of ornam [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 11
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 11

This lesson with teach the tune "McMahon's Hornpipe". Majella's focus in this cl [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 12
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 12

This lesson will teach the reel 'The New Policeman'. This tune is also known as [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 13
Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 13

This lesson will teach the tune 'McCahill's Reel', an old traditional Donegal tu [.. Read More]

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