Tutorial 76! Reel de Nez Piques.

In honour of 6 Hearts upcoming tour to Louisiana (taking off tomorrow ????), I thought I’d take a crack at teaching this boppy lil Cajun tune! It’s so great and makes me smile (and the folks you play it for too :)). It was written by Michael Doucet (legendary Cajun player + composer) and I…

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Tutorial 75! Flash Away The Pressing Gang.

“Flash Away The Pressing Gang”, “Slash Away The Pressing Gang”, “Road To Lisdoonvarna”… I’ve found a few different names for this tune – do you have anymore solid info than me?! 😉 I learned this tune from my cousin Elmer, who learned it from a Solas album (Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers – great album),…

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Tutorial 73! L’Air Mignonne.

A Quebecois tune for ye’s! I love this one. Funny enough, I first heard this Canadian tune from my IMAR pals in the UK (that’s just the way it goes sometimes). If you haven’t heard their version, please go and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFalXoDhurA It’s a tune for all levels (especially because it was written slow, like…

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Christmas Fiddle Tune Tutorial! All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Happy Holidays Everyone! Hope you’re all feeling good, seeing lots of friends and family, drinking eggnog (optional rum), and ready to receive (and give) a few gifts 🙂 I know, I am! I’m also on Day 23 (although I missed a few days) of Koad’s “Stay Cool, Swim Cold” Challenge (I actually just got out…

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Tutorial 72! Spootiskerry Reel.

I’m sure a lot of you know this tune already, BUT, if you don’t you should add it to your repertoire! I didn’t realize this tune was from the Shetland Islands until recently (I did Tutorial 48, “Ray’s Classic” from the Shetland Islands last fall, another great Shetland tune), so many great tunewriters up there!…

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Tutorial 71! Blue Bonnets Over The Border.

Another slow jammm, this time from 17th century Scotland – “Blue Bonnets Over The Border”.  Had a few requests for this one, but there’s literally a million (maybe 6) different ways to actually play it (key of A, Bb, C, jig, march, slow air, etc). Slow air in the key of C Major i’tis! It’s…

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Tutorial 69! Farewell To Whalley Range

“Farewell To Whalley Range”, written by Michael McGoldrick has to be one of the coolest jigs
 A slip jig in F# minor ??  I first heard this tune on “Upside Down”, an album featuring Sharon Shannon, Michael McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly & Jim Murray—so friggen good (the tune was probably recorded on a hundred other albums
) …

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Tutorial 68! Tanglewood

In honour of Harvest Home’s Tanglewood Ale (don’t worry if you haven’t tried it yet; we have a wee plan brewing), here’s “Tanglewood,” an A minor reel written by Koad & Jake and featured on The East Pointers’ album, “What We Leave Behind.” We wrote and rehearsed for “What We Leave Behind” and “Yours To…

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Tutorial 66! Fox Chaisson’s Jig

A beginner tutorial for ye’s (a tune for all levels :)), called Fox Chaisson’s Jig (written for my son, by my Dad). I take this one nice and slow, just a few embellishments! Refer to the Practice Tracks, My Tutorial Notes and Sheet Music + Chords to help you along 🙂 I recorded this tune on…

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Tutorial 65! Le Miraculé

I first heard this tune on Vishten’s “Horizons” album, titled “Le MiraculĂ©“. I can’t rave enough about this track… They’ve really captured the essence of a corkin trad set, full of energy, great tunes and soul. The last tune in this set (go check out the album track when you get a chance) is Chloe…

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