Students will choose from 9 different class options in three different guitar tunings–-Standard, Dropped-D & DADGAD. The goal of this experience is to move you closer to a complete understanding of the accompaniment of traditional fiddle music through immersion in specific fingerboard knowledge, as well as drills and exercises to broaden the scope of your acoustic guitar playing. Students of all levels are welcome and there will be a small group of 15 slots available. Class offerings include:

• chord vocabulary
• chord drills
• strumming techniques
• flatpicking trad music
• explanation of the modes
• accompaniment masterclass

 


SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 2019
arrival 9:30am
classes meet from 10am - 5pm


 

COST OPTIONS
$140 Tuition with catered meal
$125 Tuition only.
(Save $10 if you register at least one week in advance, discount automatically applied when you register.)

 


SCHEDULE 

9:30am ARRIVAL 

10am 
–Basics of Irish Trad music (Matt)
–How to Accompany Weird Tunes (Flynn)

11am 
–Standard Tuning Backing (Matt) 
–Advanced Dropped-D Chords (Flynn) 

12pm LUNCH 

1pm 
–Right Hand Techniques (Matt) 
–Trad Theory (Flynn) 

2pm 
–DADGAD (Flynn & Matt) 

3pm 
–Flatpicking (Flynn & Matt) 

4pm 
–Masterclass & Closing session (Flynn & Matt) 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
 

MATT’s CLASSES 
Right Hand Techniques: Supercharge your right hand with an overview and exercises for: Irish style rhythm guitar, hybrid picking, finger style and thumb picking. 
Standard Tuning Backing: Find chords and voicings to make your standard tuned guitar sound more “Irish”. Or even “Celtic”. 
Basics of Irish Trad Music: Make sure you understand the essentials of the music in order to play along comfortably on guitar.


FLYNN’s CLASSES 
Trad Theory: Seminar on understanding the role of the modes in Irish music and the chords that go with them. Bring all the questions you’ve ever had and they will be answered! 
Advanced Dropped-D Chords: Learn more exciting chord voicings all over the fingerboard–some of which can do double-duty in Standard and some in DADGAD. 
How to Accompany Weird Tunes: Some tunes either change modes, use accidentals, or are just plain squirrelly and hard to figure out; we’ll learn a system for making sense of them.


FLYNN & MATT’s joint classes 


DADGAD EXPLORATIONS 
We will learn a Bothy Band chord progression for a tune that modulates between B minor and D major; and we will also explore the textural possibilities of song accompaniment with DADGAD, including fingerstyle techniques. 


FLATPCIKING IRISH TRAD MUSIC 
We will discuss pick gauge, right-hand technique, left-hand efficiency, tone, and ornamentation, and learn some exercises to develop the necessary skills to flatpick Irish trad (as well as other types of fiddle tunes) on the acoustic guitar.

 

INSTRUCTORS
 

FLYNN COHEN
Flynn is a long-time guitar sideman to Irish accordion legend John Whelan. He also tours around the country with American folk band Low Lily and teaches Irish trad guitar online with Peghead Nation.

 

MATT HEATON
Matthew performs with his wife Shannon Heaton in their world renowned and critically acclaimed flute-guitar duo. He's also performed with Boys of the Lough, Karan Casey, Aoife Clancy, and other trad music legends.