A short summary of where I come from, and how I found about Irish music and dance.
These are the top 40 tunes of all time. The first 20 are totally killer. Except for the waltzes, these tunes are all played with strong rhythmic emphasis.
An introduction to the wide variety of Irish music and dance forms.
Links and pointers to useful information on the subject of Irish music, dance, and playing a musical instrument.
Many people spent a lifetime on their own musical journey — people who were kind enough to share their passion with me. This page lists the people to whom I am most indebted.
These Greek-island tunes were taught by
Georgios Leftheriotis, at the Lark in the Morning music and dance camp, in 2001. It is instructive to note that time signatures can be broken down many different ways, so the 9/8 tune in the list below is not broken down as 3-3-3, but rather as 2-2-2-3.
Tips on learning to play the Irish button accordion.
The music of love. Truly wonderful, inspiring and uplifting music. (At it’s best, it is accurately described as “enlightening”.)
An introduction to the many lovely scales are heard in traditional Greek music. The most important are highlighted in bold.
These tables are a companion to the handout
Georgios Leftheriotis gave us at the Lark in the Morning music and dance camp.They should be useful on their own, as well. They show the names of the scales and the relative importance of each with respect to traditional Greek music (shown as value), in the tables).