Tenor Banjo

A guide to playing traditional Irish tunes
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Learn how to play the Tenor Banjo through Irish tunes. You will learn how to play sets of Polkas, Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes.

Follow instructional videos complete with Tablature (TAB) showing you exactly where to place your fingers. The TAB can be downloaded so you can study it separately from the videos.

There is also audio of the full tunes so that you can download and listen to them to help facilitate learning.

This course is designed to take an absolute beginner, get them started and playing tunes within a few weeks.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a Tenor Banjo (4 strings) tuned EADG, a plectrum, desire to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn 12 Traditional Irish Tunes
  • Apply ornamentation to your playing

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for Tenor Banjo students who would like to expand their repertoire
  • Novices should complete the Tenor Banjo for Absolute Beginners course which will guide them through the basics before taking this course

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Section 1: Before we get started
About this course
Section 2: Jigs
The Whistling Banshee
The Geese in the Bog
Section 3: Hornpipes
The Boys of Bluehill
The Harvest Home
Cronin's Hornpipe

The 3 hornpipes played one after each other starting with The Boys of Bluehill, The Harvest Home and finishing with Cronin's Hornpipe

Section 4: Polkas
The Ballydesmond no.2
The Ballydesmond no.1
John Ryan's
Section 5: Reels
Humours of Tulla
The Mountain Road
The Maid Behind the Bar
Section 6: Ornamentation
Adding a Drone
Triplets on different notes
Section 7: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Francis Long, Music Teacher dipABRSM, LTCL

I have been involved in the music business for many years. At the age of eight I joined the Artane Boys Band, where I received a great introduction into the world of music, learning how to play the clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre. When I left this marching band (which is compulsory at age 16) I discovered the guitar and began the next phase of my musical journey playing rock, pop and blues in various bands in Dublin. Looking for a further challenge I decided to study classical guitar in which I have earned both an Associated Board ABRSM diploma and a Licentiate LTCL diploma. Along the way I worked in different music shops, where I got the opportunity to try other instruments and ended up also learning banjo, mandolin and bodhran. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, mandolin and music technology at Waltons New School Of Music in Dublin since 2003 and have also given lessons at several Dublin-area primary schools through Waltons In-School Music Programme.

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