Fiddle Lesson: Carolan’s Welcome

Today I would like to talk to you about Carolan’s Welcome, also known as Carden’s Welcome, Carolan’s Air, O’ Carolan’s Welcome, and composed by Turlough O’Carolan. Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738) was a blind Celtic harper, composer and singer in Ireland whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. This melody isContinue reading “Fiddle Lesson: Carolan’s Welcome”

Mandolin #Lesson: How to Play Jingle Bells with Adam Sweet

“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung #American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “The One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung as a drinking song. AlthoughContinue reading “Mandolin #Lesson: How to Play Jingle Bells with Adam Sweet”

10% Off Music Lessons 12/21

If you register for #music #lessons during the month of #December, 2021, take 10% off the whole year of lessons, a $384 value! All you need to do is visit the #YouTube channel and #Subscribe! Your name will automatically be entered to get the 10% off. (You need to subscribe during December 2021 toContinue reading “10% Off Music Lessons 12/21”

Mandolin Lesson: Watch Adam Sweet teach you how to play Get Back by the #Beatles on the #mandolin

Everybody knows the Beatles, and by now, everybody has heard of Peter Jackson’s documentary “Get Back”. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. It’s a window into an era when people made music on actual instruments. Do you want a few #lessons? #Contact me through my #website or wherever youContinue reading “Mandolin Lesson: Watch Adam Sweet teach you how to play Get Back by the #Beatles on the #mandolin”

Fiddle Lesson: the lovely Crested Hens

Also known as Cockscomb Bouree, Como Poden Per Sas Culpas, The Crested Hen, Les Poules Huppés, composed by Gillies Chabenat, a hurdy gurdy player. Winnie Horan’s version on Solas’ cd “Solas” is a classic, powerfully simple rendition. In all fairness to Gilles, this is not a waltz but a three-time bouree. It is really inContinue reading “Fiddle Lesson: the lovely Crested Hens”

Fiddle Lesson: Redwing

Here’s a little tune I know called “Red Wing”, aka Union Maid by Woodie Guthrie, who borrowed the tune Redwing. Kerry Mills, the composer of Redwing, actually used the melody of Schumann’s Merry Peasant, aka “The Happy Farmer” in Suzuki violin book 1. Here’s my version of this lively tune: I’d love to teach itContinue reading “Fiddle Lesson: Redwing”

Fiddle Lesson: The Star of the County Down

Introducing the Star of the County Down on fiddle by Adam Sweet. Also known as Diversus And Lazarus, Dives And Lazarus, Gilderoy, Kingsfold, The Star Of County Down, The Star Of The County Down March, When First I Left Old Ireland, Reáilt Condae An Dún, The Star Barndance. The words are by Cathal MacGarvey (1866–1927)Continue reading “Fiddle Lesson: The Star of the County Down”

December YouTube Contest Announcement

The December Contest will start Wednesday, 12/1/21 and will feature a month of music lessons online (4 hour-long sessions!) on the instrument of your choice (mandolin, fiddle). To enter to win 4 hours of music lessons, visit SUBSCRIBE to the YouTube channel. That’s all you have to do. The 800th subscriber will be our winner!

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