Private lessons - FALL 2020
IRISH FIDDLE - all levels
GUITAR - accompaniment OR fingerstyle (DADGAD)
Online - Most weekdays
Occasional lessons - $55 for a 55 minute private lesson
Ongoing lessons: $45 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 $45 and a series of 4 is $40 per lesson.
Email for more information or to arrange a time.
Irish Tune Learning Class with Randal Bays - FALL 2020
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 classes for ten years in Seattle and Olympia. 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.
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC we've gone online using Zoom, which has been working out very well. One of the advantages is that I can record a video of each class, which is available for you to view or download later. If you're unfamiliar with Zoom, don't worry, it's easy to manage and I'll help you with it. These classes are open to all instruments (see below). I now have an east coast class on Thursdays that starts at 7pm Eastern time, plus Tuesday and Wednesday classes starting at 7pm Pacific.
Tuesdays, starting Sept. 8, 2020, 7 to 8:30pm Pacific Time (8 weeks)
Wednesdays, starting Sept. 9, 2020, 7 to 8:30pm Pacific Time (8 weeks)
Thursdays,starting Sept. 10, 2020, 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
mail a check. Thanks!
Many thanks for the generous support of:
Ceol Cascadia Irish Music Association