The dynamic rhythms of guitar accompaniment and rich sounds of melody instrumentation have greatly contributed to the sounds of traditional Gaelic music in more recent times. Learning this rugged style includes time spent on chord work, progressions, ear training, tune knowledge, and interpretation.
This level covers the basic aspects of picking technique and fingering, the primary chords of selected keys, and simple accompaniment techniques.
This level develops students resources for song and tune accompaniment. Secondary chords and modal progressions are introduced. Strumming and arpeggio (finger-picking) patterns are explored. Exercises and tunes for flat-picking are introduced.
Advanced accompaniment techniques, such as chord substitutions, are explored. More advanced concepts in ear-training and theory are introduced. Flat-picking instruction includes medleys of jigs, and march/strathspey/reel groups.