Playing Traditional and Contemporary Irish Songs
Paul Brady has chosen ten of his most popular songs- four traditional and six original- and teaches the elements that make his powerful guitar arrangements unique. He demonstrates his various tunings, chord voicings, chord shapes and the driving rhythms he achieves with his flatpick-and-fingers approach. In addition, Paul discusses important aspects of his background, history, influences, and the vocal technique and musical ideas that have given his artistry its singular impact.
Paul's arrangements of such traditional Irish songs as Lakes of Pontchartrain, Arthur McBride and the Sergeant, I Am a Youth That's Inclined to Ramble and Mary and the Soldier have achieved legendary status. For the first time, he takes each one apart to show the alternate tunings, harmonies, moving lines, picking techniques and other skills necessary to play them with the harmonically rich and compelling sounds that have long been his trademark.
Paul's originals are equally guitar-friendly, rich with rhythmic grooves and catchy licks to add to your bag of tricks. These songs are fun to sing as well, either solo or with a band. They include Luck of the Draw, the title song from Bonnie Raitt's his album; Blue World, Crazy Dreams, The World is What You Make It, Nobody Knows and Travelin' Light. Each song provides insights, musicianship and a rare chance to learn, in depth, from this uniquely powerful Irish artist.
"If you are a singer who plays as a solo performer accompanying yourself with the acoustic guitar, this DVD offers a wonderful assortment of guitar techniques that can serve to greatly increase your ability to add various textures and embellishments to your performance and presentation. You will definitely find this DVD worth your time and invenstment." -- Flatpicking Guitar Magazine