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Learn To Play Irish Fiddle #1
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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 agree with comments about putting you to sleep. To be honest I couldn't make it through either DVD.
His explanation on Roll's on the 2nd DVD is just awful.
If you already know how to play Irish Music and Ornaments you might enjoy this DVD to help understand his style simple by watching and listening and skip extremely terse explanations.
I can't believe there isn't something better out there. Kevin Burke isn't the only Fiddle Training DVD that has the same issue.
Pretty rare to find ones with really good instruction, exercises etc. to get you there.
If you are just starting on Irish Genre, this is not your DVD.
If you are just starting Fiddle this is not your DVD.
If you have some experience picking up tunes by ear and want to learn more Irish tunes strictly by ear. Go for it.
If you have experience with Irish Music and want to learn more about Kevin Burke's sound and how he might bow something. Go for it.
Unlike another reviewer, I found the dvd menu and chapter breaks well placed and useful for jumping to material I wanted to review. I will be purchasing more of David Cohen's instructional material. If it's half as helpful as this dvd, I'll be happy.
Words of wisdom: if you ever get frustrated, play slower.