Lesson 79. Coalminer’s Reel

Here we have a tune in Open A (although in the book you’ll also find a version in regular tuning.) The Open A tuning Tony uses is, from the lowest string to the highest: E A C# E A E.

Gerry GaffneyLesson 79. Coalminer’s Reel

Lesson 72. Yellow Tinker

The “Yellow Tinker” is a tune in the G mixolydian mode. In other words the scale used is a C Scale but played in the key of G. The tune is associated with the playing of Galway accordionist Joe Burke , and perhaps because of Burke, it is very popular and widely played. The first and third parts of the …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 72. Yellow Tinker

Lesson 71. Swedish Jig (or Arthur Darley’s)

The “Swedish Jig”’”, sometimes known as Arthur Darley’s, is a most unusual tune. In the first part of the tune a time signature change occurs in bar 7 from the standard 6/8 to a 9/8, just for one bar, before reverting back to 6/8. In effect you play an extra half a bar. Also the first part consists of 12 …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 71. Swedish Jig (or Arthur Darley’s)

Lesson 70. Sonny’s Mazurka

Polish in origin, mazurkas are not very common in Irish music. Sonny’s Mazurka is arguably the most well known of the mazurkas played in Ireland. As mazurkas are written in 3/4 time the rules that you use for waltzes also apply to mazurkas. In this tune most of the bars have a crotchet on the first beat followed by two …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 70. Sonny’s Mazurka