Denis Sweeney (Donnchadh Mac Suibhne) from Randalstown, Co. Antrim, is a long-time fiddle teacher whose students have won many awards at Fleadh Cheoil etc. He created a series of four tutorial books of practice pieces for his students, plus a book of Slow Airs. Now Denis has recorded CDs of all those tunes, with his learner's tips and tricks, for Glens Music so that we can offer a complete self-teaching fiddle course for those who do not have a local traditional Irish fiddle teacher, or who just want to improve their skill and widen their repertoire. A familiarity with music notation is useful, but reading notes is taught from Unit 1. You can have the Slow Airs Unit at a special price if you buy the complete fiddle course. All prices include mailing worldwide.
In this Unit you will be able to practise the skills learnt in Unit 1 in a range of marches, polkas, "single" reels, jigs, hornpipes and some song melodies....60 tunes in all Gradually a few more tricks of the trade are brought into use. FINGERING: Many of the tunes have detailed instructions on fingering marked on them. Try and follow them exactly, always taking care how you shape the left hand, and you should find by the end of the Unit that you can cope with the awkward bits of nearly any tune. BOWING: Slurs are very important for keeping the tune flowing along smoothly and for emphasising the beat. So always try and play the slurs marked. Near the end of the Unit, some sets of three jig notes with a "dip" in the middle are slurred all together. This is a preparation for rolls which will be dealt with in Unit 3.
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