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Learn To Play Irish Fiddle #1
Kevin Burkes easygoing manner and encouraging teaching style invite you into the world of authentic traditional Irish fiddle. In this superb starter lesson, he passes on his vast knowledge and experience through an in-depth study of some of his favorite tunes, styles and techniques.
Kevin understands the needs of the learning fiddler, and he conveys his ideas with clarity and simplicity. Focusing on Irish polkas, slides and jigs, he teaches the basic tune, along with several variations, explaining the rhythmic devices that distinguish each dance form. He then shows you the grace notes, rolls, double-stops and other ornaments that make this music so distinctive, and that keep it in the true Irish tradition.
By the end of this first lesson youll be playing Saddle the Pony, The Connaughtman's Rambles, The King of the Fairies, Bill Sullivan's Polka, Johnny Leary's Slide, Micho Russell's Slide and more. Best of all, youll have gained a solid foundation that will enable you to play this beloved music with real flair and authority.
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I've only been working on piano for a couple of months now, but this DVD helped me to learn some basic shuffles with the left hand and some of the less-challenging comps with the right hand, and it's enough to motivate me to work even harder to conquer the harder stuff. (Disclaimer: At this point I'm playing stuff very slowly, and chord changes and turnarounds are still pretty awkward and frequently flubbed. I don't want to make it sound like I've mastered anything. I'm just...on my way.)
Cohen moves fast and takes no prisoners, so be prepared to use the pause and rewind buttons a lot. He doesn't spend much time on any given topic, but his explanations are clear and helpful. I keep moving from the piano bench to the couch, playing then watching.
There's no secret magical formula here to make blues piano easier. It was quite a struggle for me to make that initial breakthrough, and I have a long, long way to go to be able to play smoothly and up to speed. But if you're determined and motivated, the material here is definitely enough to get you well on your way.
The presenter is personable, communicates well, and introduces some fun & interesting blues piano in a way that sends me dashing constantly back to the keyboard to try things out.
My only criticism is that the overhead camera would be better about 10 or twenty degrees off to one side to give a better idea of the finger movement.
if not that then maybe lighting from the side to give some shadows for the same effect.