Lesson 26. Green Fields of America (in Open D)

In episode 9, we had this reel in the ‘normal’ tuning. In this episode, it’s in Open D tuning. The tuning (from lowest pitched string to highest) is D A D F# A D, . As the tune is normally played in G, the capo is on the 5th fret. The chord shapes for Open D are, of course, different …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 26. Green Fields of America (in Open D)

Lesson 25. Forty Pound Float

A common polka, which Tony tells us has received some rough treatment. Make it easier to learn by using shortcuts: the first bar is identical to the third and fifth bars, the last two bars of the first section are the same as the last two of the second section, and bars 9 and 10 are the same as bars …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 25. Forty Pound Float

Lesson 24. Crowley’s 2

Often played with last week’s tune – Crowley’s 1. The tune is in D; the sheet music in the booklet (Book 2) shows it in C, with the capo on the second fret (to bring it into D). In this episode, Tony also talks about combining tunes into sets.

Gerry GaffneyLesson 24. Crowley’s 2

Lesson 23. Crowley’s 1

Two tunes that are often played together are Crowley’s 1 and 2. The legendary Connemara single row melodeon player Johnny Connolly plays these two on his first recording ‘An t’Oileann Aerach’, available on CIC Records. The tune is in D; the sheet music in the booklet shows it in C, with the capo on the second fret (to bring it …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 23. Crowley’s 1

Lesson 22. Calliope House

This is a nice lively tune in the key of D. Tony plays this tune with the high part first and the low part second, although it may have originally been played the other way around. Because it’s in the key of D, there are no notes on the first fret. Use your first finger for the second fret, second …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 22. Calliope House