Beginning Accordion Workshop
Open to adults and teenagers
Time TBD based on demand
Instructor: Brian Ó hAirt
Location: CelticMKE Center (formerly the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center)
This workshop will focus on building skills fundamental for playing the B/C button accordion. These skills include finger and thumb placement as well as proper finger position and efficient movement along the keyboard. Also focused upon will be the use of the bellows to create lift and pulse within the music as well as basic ornamentation and left hand accompaniment work to increase musical complexity. We'll practice these skills through leaning common dance tunes like jigs, reels, and hornpipes. A portion of the class will be set aside for listening to many prominent box players within the Irish tradition. Please bring a recording device as music will be learned by ear.
Students must pay a $12 administrative fee for individuals or $24 per family of two or more each semester, due on the first day of class. See our policies for more details.
Brian Ó hAirt's accordion style reflects his love of West Galway, where he spent a good deal of his formative years involved with the Irish language and music community of southern Conamara--a district with more than its fair share of melodeon players, singers, and dancers. Understandably, his style mimics much of the short phrasing, lift, and drive of melodeon music while also clearly influenced by the more legato accordion playing of East Galway giants Joe Cooley and Joe Burke.
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