How to Play Shetland Fiddle

Kevin Henderson, with Ewen Thompson, guitar
Kevin Henderson was born and raised in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, an archipelago with a rich and highly renowned fiddle tradition. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest Celtic-style fiddlers and is in hot demand, playing with some of the best-known groups and musicians in the traditional music scene.  On this 100-minute tutorial, Kevin covers five classic ... Read More

Improvising Violin

Julie Lyonn Lieberman

Unleash Your Imagination and Musical Self-Expression!

Leave the confines of the written tune and fly off to the musical freedom of improvisation! Master player and teacher Julie Lyonn Lieberman will help you give voice to your own musical self-expression, no matter what level you're playing at now. You'll learn improvisation techniques in folk, blues, swing, jazz and more. Julie provides important ideas and advice ... Read More

Irish Pennywhistle

Cathal McConnell
The pennywhistle, or tin whistle, is simple enough for a child to play--or worthy of a lifetime of study. The virtuoso flute and whistle player of The Boys of the Lough brings his vast knowledge of traditional Irish music to the teaching of this wonderful instrument. Starting with basic scales and simple tunes, Cathal introduces increasingly difficult moves, such as ... Read More

Irish Rhythm Guitar

John Doyle
Learn the fine art of backing Celtic tunes on guitar! One of today's hottest players demonstrates the strumming patterns, bass lines, accents and syncopations that he uses to drive a tune forward. You'll discover how adding minor chords and other substitutions add interest to a basic three-chord tune, and will be playing both simple and complex accompaniments to ... Read More

Learning the Irish Fiddle

Kevin Burke
A famed fiddler teaches essential tunes and then adds the ornaments--slides, grace notes, rolls, etc.--that make them distinctively Irish. Although a basic knowledge of the violin is necessary, these lessons are taught slowly and carefully, so that even a near-beginner can play the tunes. Kevin teaches jigs, reels, hornpipes and shows you how to pick a tune out of ... Read More

Learn Three (More) Iconic Songs by Richard Thompson

Zak Hobbs

Dimming of the Day, Heart Needs a Home, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight.

Zak Hobbs knows the songs of Richard Thompson as well as anyone. He has been studying the profound and compelling music of his grandfather since he started playing as a young teen. Following his very successful first Homespun lesson, Zak continues his exploration into Thompson’s style with three of RT’s best-loved songs: Dimming of the Day, Heart Needs a Home ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Button Accordion

John Williams
This complete guide to learning traditional Irish button accordion will get you started playing tunes right away--the right way! You'll learn how to hold the accordion and sound your first scales, bass notes, chords and arpeggios. Before you know it, you'll be navigating around the keyboard and performing your first songs. John Williams teaches you five traditional Irish ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Concertina

John Williams
This easy beginner's lesson teaches you everything needed to start making music on any 20 to 30 key concertina. Using his custom Anglo C & G concertina, John Williams explains all the basics: how to hold the instrument; how to get the most power out of your bellows; and how to use the buttons and the versatile C and ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Fiddle - DVD 2

Kevin Burke

Lesson Two: Reels, Jigs, & Gavottes

On his second lesson, the legendary Kevin Burke takes you to the next level of Irish fiddle playing, with reference to the styles of Donegal, Clare, Kerry, Sligo and Brittany. The reels, jigs and gavottes he teaches are faster, more complex tunes than on lesson one, with wonderful variations and stylistic devices typical of the great traditional Irish fiddlers. You ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Fiddle - Two-Video Set

Kevin Burke
Master fiddler Kevin Burke covers the basics of true Irish fiddle style. He teaches the melody of each tune, then gives you the nuances that make this music come alive. You'll learn to add rhythmic devices and melodic variations such as grace notes, ornaments, rolls and double-stops. By the time you've finished this course you'll have acquired ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Fiddle - Video 1

Kevin Burke

Lesson One: Polkas, Jigs, & Slides

Kevin Burke's easygoing manner and encouraging teaching style invite you into the world of authentic traditional Irish fiddle. In this superb starter lesson, he passes on his vast knowledge and experience through an in-depth study of some of his favorite tunes, styles and techniques. Kevin understands the needs of the learning fiddler, and he conveys his ideas with clarity ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Tinwhistle

L.E. McCullough
Here's a complete guide to learning traditional Irish music on the tinwhistle - also called pennywhistle. This easy and enjoyable lesson will satisfy beginners picking up the instrument for the first time as well as more advanced players wanting to study intricate embellishments and expressive variations. L.E. McCullough starts with the basics: How to choose a tinwhistle that's ... Read More
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