This book uses standard sheet music (and
some tablature) to teach Guitar accompaniment for Traditional Irish music. It assumes that you
have at least some knowledge of guitar, and that you wish to expand that
knowledge. Most of the tunes use strumming (with a pick), a few use finger
This book uses "Drop D Tuning".
that the guitar is tuned to the standard "EADGBE", then the lowest string is
tuned down one full step to D.
A capo is required for many of the tunes in
The CD includes tuning notes, examples of various
rhythm patterns, and all the tunes from the book.
A unique feature of the CD is that the
Guitar (accompaniment) comes out on the right channel of your stereo (or
computer), the Fiddle (melody) comes out on the left channel. This allows you to
tune out one or the other using the speaker balance, so you can either listen
closely to the guitar, or practice your own Guitar accompaniment with just the
In addition to general rhythm patterns
for Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, etc., the following tunes are included in both the
Book and on the CD:
The Bothy Band Jig
The Mountain Road
Apples in Winter
Martin Wynne's No. 2
The Musical Priest
The Boys of Ballisodare
The Rights of Man
The Rambling Pitchfork
The Humours of Ballyconnell
Johnny Will you Marry Me
The Boys of Mallow
Eibhlín Ní Riordan's
The Rambling Maid
The Dublin Reel
The Maids of Castlebar
The Magic Slipper
The Trip to Durrow
The Water is Wide*
Capo Slide Reel - Hewlett's Reel
Capo Slide Reel - The Bird in the Bush
* Denotes a "Song" instead of a "Tune"
(in Traditional Irish music, a "Song" is sung, a "Tune" is an instrumental
piece). The songs on this CD have a vocal instead of a fiddle for the melody.