Irish DADGAD Guitar Lesson 1 – [The Basics] Start Here

In this guitar lesson you can learn to DADGAD accompaniment from Irish guitar master MJ McMahon. Progress faster by following this structured Irish Music for guitar course.

DADGAD Guitar Accompaniment

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The aim of this course is to learn how to accompany Irish music on the guitar. MJ uses the alternative tuning system – DADGAD in his tutorials as this is particularly suited to Irish and other Celtic music genres due to it’s modal nature. The first half of the course will examine the chords, chord structures and strumming patterns of some of the more typical tune types and keys in the Irish tradition; the Jig, Reel, Slip Jig and Hornpipe focusing on the keys of D, G, Em and Am. MJ then progresses onto other techniques; the use of sliding chords, inversions, bass runs, hammer-on technique and more complex strumming patterns. This course is an invaluable resource for the guitarist that wants to learn how to play using DADGAD tuning, or for the guitarist who is new to traditional music and would like to learn how to accompany Irish music.

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