Wednesday Workshops – May / June 2022
In May and June I will be offering workshops on specific tunes/topics at various levels. These are individual stand-alone workshops, and the fee is €25 per workshop, but there is an automatic discount if you sign up for more than one.
Workshops take place on Wednesdays 8.00-9.15pm Irish Standard Time (3.00-4.15pm Eastern)
An audio recording will be sent to participants in advance so you can familiarise yourself with the tune ahead of each workshop. The workshop itself will be taught by ear, live on zoom and will be video recorded with an access link sent afterwards so you can review at your leisure or catch up if you couldn’t make the live workshop. Sheet music will also be provided.
See dates and further details below.
May 11: Slow Airs
Level: Upper Intermediate / Advanced
Tune: Táimse im Chodladh
This workshop will be by ear only, with no sheet music provided - you will receive a recording on registration to familiarise yourself with the melody. We will also talk about ornamentation in the context of slow airs and look at left hand ideas for the tune.
May 25: Dance Tunes
Tune: Road to Glountane (Fling, composed by Terry Cuz Teahan)
This tune is great fun to play, and includes work on damping and syncopation in the left hand as well as some typical types of Irish ornamentation in the right hand, including cuts and trebles. We will also look at tips on how to improve your trebles in this workshop
June 1: Learning by Ear & Air
Level: Elementary / Intermediate
Tune: Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin (Fair Gentle Eily)
In this workshop we will first look at some tips and ideas for developing your skills in learning by ear. We will then work on the beautiful harp air Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin, which is one of the tunes I love to play and teach. It is such a beautiful melody, and there is scope for lots of different ideas in the left hand to suit any level. We will learn the melody with left hand, plus the intro part I play in duet with William Jackson.
June 8: Harpers' Tunes
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tune: Molly St George
This tune was composed by the 17th-century harper composer Thomas Connellan. We will learn this beautiful melody, including ideas for the left hand arrangement, as well as learning about the background to the tune and ideas for arranging pieces from this era.
June 15: Dance Tunes
Tune: The Gold Ring (4 part version)
This is one of my favourite jigs, even though it is tricky in places. There are 4 parts so we will be moving at a fairly fast past. We will also work on some advanced ornamentation techniques, and ideas for variations in right and left hands.
May 11: Taimse Im Chodladh, May 25: Road to Glountane, June 1: Learning by Ear / Eibhli Gheal Chiuin, June 8: Molly St George, June 15: The Gold Ring