Kerry Fiddles Natural Skelligs sunset - image by Lee Tiller



If you can play a few simple polkas and jigs this would be a good course for you.

We’ll be teaching you new tunes and simple ornamentation and we’ll show you how to get the most out of your practice time. There’ll be lots of listening and mimicry and so-called ‘mistakes’ will be actively welcomed. We’ll spend some time on technique too, to find the easiest way to get the sound that you want and we’ll help fill in any ‘pot holes’ we may come across! Great emphasis is given to steady, relaxed, rhythmical playing and all tunes taught by ear are recorded (though sheet music will be available for those who want it).


We’ll also be looking at what are the qualities that make trad trad, and though we’ll be listening to local musicians, to the different regional styles and to recordings of old masters, our aim is to help you develop your own sound within the vernacular. We’ll also make sure you’re familiar enough with session etiquette to make those comfortably accessible when you’re ready.


We’ll give you a list of recommended CD’s and the names of a few good books for you to follow up whatever bits of the course you’d like to know more about – The history of Irish music, classical violin techniques, Alexander Technique and Zen. We’ll give you some useful web site addresses too – interactive chat rooms/interactive fiddle tuition, plus details of some computer software that helps you learn new tunes at whatever speed suites you. Some of these you’ll be able to get in Kenmare, the rest can be ordered off the ‘interweb’


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