Day #5 | Friday 22nd April (Trad. Irish Jig & Performances)

Session #2

After our break we began learning a traditional Irish Jig called ‘The Butterfly’. The jig, which is in 9/8 time and uses the D Minor Scale to create it melodies, is based around a simple rhythm figure and has three musical themes.

Rhythmically think: Dum dum-Dum dum-Dum dum-Dum

Please check out this excellent YouTube collaboration of musicians playing ‘The Butterfly’, which was this inspiration for teaching this piece.

The Butterfly – YouTube Collaboration

The class practice their Irish Jigs

The class practice their Irish Jigs under blue skies.

Session#1

The class continued perfecting their warm up exercises, both physical and technical, and then tuned to to DADGAD once again and learnt the D Minor Scale in the DADGAD tuning.

DADGAD - D Minor Scale

DADGAD – D Minor Scale

We then used the DADGAD tuning and D Minor Scale to create a slow 12/8 blues; improvising licks as we moved from D, G and A pedal tones.

Richard has a giggle with Michael about his thumb!

Richard has a giggle with Michael about his thumb!

Weather Forecast

Sunny

Sunny

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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