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Note: the class schedule is organized into three start dates:

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Evening Classes (6:30-8:00pm Monday - Wednesday)

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Day Classes (9:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm start times)

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Celtic Kids Camp (9:30am start time)

Friday Morning Sampler and Workshop Classes (9am and 10:45am start times)

Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Classes


M13: Irish Guitar: Backing, Flatpicking, Fingerstyle

Instructor: Shane Hennessy - Read full bio

Price: $135.00

Location: St. Matthews (Check-in CelticMKE Center)

Start Date: Tue, August 13, 2019 Start Time: 12:30 PM

End Date: Thu, August 15, 2019 End Time: 02:00 PM

Description: Guitarist Shane Hennessy will lead students through a boot camp covering Irish guitar style, from backing tunes to fingerstyle arrangement!

SESSION ONE – Backing Irish Traditional Music on guitar
- 4/4 time: Reels, Slow Reels, Hornpipes, Scottishe
- 6/8 time: Jigs
- 9/8 time: Slip jigs
- 2/4 time: Polkas
- 3/4 time: Waltzes
- 12/8 time: Slides, Marches
- 7/8 time: Compound / Balkan tunes
- Free time: Slow Airs

- Using standard tuning
- Using DADGAD tuning
- Using DADADE tuning

- Understanding form in Irish Music

- Modern backing ideas (2 over 3 feel, moving the 1, drops, pushes & pulls)

- More to be added during the class

SESSION TWO – Flatpicking Guitar: Irish Music, Bluegrass, and more
- Using a pulse
- Picking technique
- Using open strings vs fretted notes
- Intro to the CAGED system (i.e. “The invisible capo”)
- More to be added during the class

SESSION THREE – Arranging Irish Music For Guitar & Intro To Fingerstyle Guitar
- The flatpicking arrangement style
- The fingerstyle arrangement style
- Intro to fingerstyle guitar: Thumb vs Finger Independence
- The classical finger attack vs the Claw finger attack
- More to be added during the class
- Using alternate tunings to your advantage

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