Lesson 21. Britches Full of Stitches

This is a very common polka, and because of its simplicity is ideal for learners. This tune is often used when playing for dancers but it is a lovely but simple ‘stand alone’ tune. The left hand doesn’t need to move at all; the notes are all in the first three sets on the four highest-pitched strings. Also, the last …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 21. Britches Full of Stitches

Lesson 20. The Banshee (McMahon’s)

The Banshee is a reel that’s sometimes know as McMahon’s. The first part is in G Major; it changes to E Minor in the second part. The last two bars in the first and second parts are identical, which will help in learning.

Gerry GaffneyLesson 20. The Banshee (McMahon’s)

Lesson 19. Andy McGann’s Jig

The first of the Book 2 lessons is Andy McGann’s jig. Andy McGann was born in West Harlem and composed very many tunes. There was an Andy McGann tribute on RTE in 2004. Although this tune is normally in G, Tony’s version is in C, with the capo on the 2nd fret, putting it in the key of D.

Gerry GaffneyLesson 19. Andy McGann’s Jig