How to Play Trad Irish Fiddle

Kevin Burke talks about how to play Trad Irish fiddle if you’re an American fiddler. This lesson was requested by one of our members, and Kevin does a great job with the topic. He discusses Trad Irish bowing, ornaments, rhythms and timing. Kevin also speaks to some of the challenges in reading sheet music vs. how you might hear a Trad Irish player play a tune. If you’re looking for a crash course from an Irish fiddling master on what sets Trad Irish fiddling apart from other styles, you’re in luck!!!

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  1. Thank you, Kevin, for these insights. Very helpful.

  2. Excellent thanks Kevin

  3. this is great, thanks

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