Donegal Fiddle Styles

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.


Lessons

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Jame's Byrne's Reel

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 1


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: The 'Up-Bow' Technique

Reel

Bundle and Go

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 2


A Minor | Level 3 | Melody

Bowing: The 'Up-Bow' Technique

Jig

The Glen Road to Carrick

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 3


D Mixolydian | Level 3 | Melody

Bowed Triplets: Open and Closed

 

The Teelin Highland

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 4


A Minor | Level 3 | Melody

Bowed Triplets: The Half Triplet

Highland

The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's…

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 5


A Minor | Level 3 | Melody

Tight Bowing!

Highland

Séan sa Cheo

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 6


A Mixolydian | Level 3 | Melody

Position Playing (For Fiddles)

Reel

Bean an Tí Ar Lar

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 7


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Finger Droning

Reel

The Glasha Highland

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 8


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Octave Playing

Highland

Mickey Doherty's Reel

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 9


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Cranns: Melodic and Percussive.

Reel

The Low Level Hornpipe

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 10


B♭Major | Level 3 | Melody

Position Playing: The Challenging Key of B♭Major

Hornpipe

Alec McConnell's Waltz

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 11


G Major | Level 3 | Melody

Bow Control and Plucking

Waltz

Danny Meehan's

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 12


G Major | Level 3 | Melody

Droning and Chords

Reel

Trip to the Cottage

Donegal Fiddle Styles Lesson 13


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

Double Stopping and Chords

Jig

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