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

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The Gallant Boys of Tipperary

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 1


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowed Triplets and The Half Roll

Jig

Sliabh Russell Jig

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 2


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: Swing and Jig Rhythm

Jig

Cofra Donn

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 3


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: Swing and Hornpipe Rhythm. Ornamentation appropriate for Hornpipes

Hornpipe

Roscommon Reel

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 4


E Minor | Level 3 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls and Bowed Triplets

Reel

Caoineadh Uí Dhomhnaill

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 5


G Major | Level 3 | Melody

Ornamentation for Airs, The Use of Chords.

Slow Air

Tumble the Tinker

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 6


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: Swing and Jig Rhythm

Jig

Kitty's Wedding

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 7


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: Hornpipe Rhythm, Ornamentation: For Hornpipes

Hornpipe

Palmers Gate

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 8


E Minor | Level 3 | Melody

Ornamentation and Variation

Reel

Sé Fáth mo Bhuartha

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 9


G Major | Level 3 | Melody

Ornamentation for Airs, The Use of Chords

Slow Air

The Castle Jig

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 10


A Minor | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: Swing and Jig Rhythm. Ornamentation

Jig

McMahon's Hornpipe

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 11


G Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: Hornpipe Rhythm and Swing, Ornamentation for Hornpipes

Hornpipe

The New Policeman

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 12


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Ornamentation and Melodic Variation

Reel

McCahill's Reel

Fleadh Tunes For The Fiddle Lesson 13


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Ornamentation: Bowed Triplets, Cuts and Rolls. Bowing: Reel Rhythm and excercises

Reel

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