A huge hit for Slim Dusty in Australia in the late 50’s, The Dubliners made it popular in Ireland. The song is in waltz time, 3/4 time, and we look at the pick-strum-strum technique.
A happy Irish drinking song about poitín – home-made whiskey. Try your lilting skills in the chorus! The song gets honourable mention in The Pogues Fairytale of New York. A slower tempo practice file is included in the resources.
This great song about a musician’s life on the road, written in 1980, is one of Willie Nelson’s most recognisable works. It became a huge hit and won him a Grammy award. We look at how to play the song with and without a capo, and include Tabs in the resources section for the solo.
A follow-up to an earlier lesson on how to play the melody, we look at the chords and strum pattern for this ever-popular song. The words to this song were written by Donegal man, Cathal MacGarvey in the late 19th century.
Learn this cracker from Scotland’s Amy Macdonald – a great song to strum along to!
Learn how to play the Bagatelle favourite, Summer in Dublin. This song went straight to number one on its release in 1980 and continues to be very popular.
Written by Liam Reilly, this song was made famous by the Wolfe Tones among others. We use a finger-picking pattern to accompany the song, and we have a second lesson where we look at how to play the intro/solo.
Learn how to pick out the notes to the tune The Shores of Botany Bay – with the help of onscreen and downloadable Tabs. Slower tempo audio practice file included in Resources.
This song by The High Kings celebrates the world-famous Irish Pub – you could find one anywhere! A related lesson will follow where we look at how to play the solo (Part A of The Kesh Jig) – includes Tabs and slower tempo audio file.
Released in 1988, this was, and is, a huge hit for The Proclaimers – the great rock duo, the Scottish Reid brothers. We use a muted, percussive strum for the verses. We also look at a simpler way to play the Barre chords – using power chords – at the end of the lesson.
Learn how to play this great song by the popular Dublin band, The Rattling Kind. The song is about sulky racing and has a great sing-along chorus.
Conjure images of hot sun, golden beaches and sipping cocktails as you play along to the late Jimmy Buffett’s classic. Learn how to play the intro and strum along to the melody – with chord prompts.