Irish Tune Learning Class with Randal Bays - FALL 2021 (8 weeks)
There's nothing like sitting in on a great session, but you have to have some tunes to do it. I've been teaching these tune learning classes for ten years in Seattle and Olympia, and now online. They're a good way to build your Irish repertoire in a
group setting and have some fun while doing it. The class learns one
traditional Irish tune per week, puts them in medleys and plays them
together a lot, so by the end everyone has at least eight good session
tunes in common... jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc. The goals of the class are
to build a repertoire of Irish tunes and to improve at learning by ear.
I try to find interesting tunes that you'll actually encounter in a good Irish session; not the most common tunes, but also not the very rare outliers, although there are great tunes in both those categories.
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC we've done these classes on Zoom for the last year and a half. I'm exploring the possibility of holding some classes in person this fall in Seattle and Portland. Details coming soon. Below is the normal schedule for online classes.
Tuesdays, starting September 7, 2021, 7 to 8:30pm Pacific Time (8 weeks)
Wednesdays, starting September 8, 2021, 7 to 8:30pm Pacific Time (8 weeks)
Thursdays,starting September 9, 2021, 7 to 8:30pm Eastern Time (8 weeks)
In addition to the online classes you'll get access to the class web page to learn the tunes and access my archive of hundreds of tunes I've taught in this class over the years, including slow recordings, links to other musicians' settings, lots of background on the music, etc. (See below)
We have all levels of musicians in the class, but if you're just starting on an instrument you might find it challenging. More advanced
musicians are definitely welcome but you'll need to be OK with learning slowly and with
lots of repetition... it's traditional. :-)
The traditional tunes are taught by ear... we won't be using written music in the class.
Cost: $140 for all eight classes, including website access, archives, etc.
If you'd like to take the class but money is tight, please don't hesitate to let me know and we can work something out... I really want everyone who's interested in Irish music to be able to take these classes.
Please send me an
email to register or for more information. You can pay via PayPal, Venmo, or
Many thanks for the generous support of:
Ceol Cascadia Irish Music Association
Private lessons - FALL 2021
IRISH FIDDLE - all levels
GUITAR - accompaniment OR fingerstyle (DADGAD)
My private lessons are mostly online using Zoom or Skype. A few of my local students have been coming to my house for lessons, outdoors and socially distanced.
In private lessons I'll teach tunes or use tunes you already know to improve rhythm, phrasing and style, which leads into bowing, fingering, and ornamentation.
Occasional lessons - $60 for a 55 minute private lesson
Ongoing lessons: $50 per lesson if you sign up for at least four consecutive weeks and pay in advance.
If you're enrolled in a current series of tune learning classes the cost of an occasional lesson is $50 and a series of 4 is $45 per lesson.
Email for more information or to arrange a time.
Home page: www.randalbays.com