Lesson 31. Old Joe’s Jig

Normally played in D, Tony’s arrangement is in C, with a capo on the second fret. The highest note is an A (5th fret, 1st string), and so the whole tune can be played from the open position. When fingering the high A note, remember to stretch the 4th finger to reach the note, and try to avoid moving the …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 31. Old Joe’s Jig

Lesson 30. Miss McCloud’s

Probably originally a Scottish tune, this is a very widely played reel. The last two bars of both sections are identical. Tony reminds us not to try to play too fast.

Gerry GaffneyLesson 30. Miss McCloud’s

Lesson 29. Maid at the Well

A favourite of Tony’s, he plays this jig in F, although it’s normally played in G. The key of F is not very common on guitar – and this is our first tune in F. Practicing the F scale is the best way to get used to it. The accompaniment includes a B flat bar chord, but the others can …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 29. Maid at the Well

Lesson 28. Lord Inchiquin

Another tune by the highly influential Turlough O’Carolan. Planxty Irwin (which we had in Lesson 14, in Book 1) was another O’Carolan tune. This is in 3/4 time, with emphasis on the first beat of each bar: *one* two three, *one* two three, *one* two three. In this episode, we’ve also included a version with Tony playing the bouzouki and …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 28. Lord Inchiquin

Lesson 27. The Kesh Jig

A nice simple jig. The tune is mostly played in the open position, so you don’t have to move your hand until the last two bars. For the last two bars, you use the first finger for G – the third fret on the first string, the third finger for A (the 5th fret) and the fourth finger for B …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 27. The Kesh Jig