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! https://youtube.com/c/AdamSweet

Your name will automatically be entered to get the 10% off. (You need to subscribe during December 2021 to get the discount).

Instruments taught include #violin, #viola, #fiddle, #mandolin, #mandola, #mandocello, Irish bouzouki, octave mandolin, tenor banjo and #guitar.

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 is one of the most popular #wedding #processional tunes and often requested for #ceremonies. I usually play it on the #violin, but it’s gorgeous on the viola and mandocello.

Solo violin:

Duo violin/guitar:


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. Although it has no original connection to Christmas, it became associated with Christmas music and the holiday season in the 1860s and 1870s, and it was featured in a variety of parlor song and college anthologies in the 1880s. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder; this recording, believed to be the first Christmas record, is lost, but an 1898 recording also from Edison Records survives

#mandolin #mandolinlesson #christmasmusic #christmas #jinglebells

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 you saw this video. Granby Music Dot Com.

Thanks for watching

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 in 3/8 time, and is delightful with out the downbeat effect so typical of a waltz.

I would love to teach it to you! Message me on Facebook or contact me through my website at GranbyMusic dot com. Thanks!

Here’s my version:

Christmas Gifts

We have student violin outfits and mandolins for sale. We take Venmo and Paypal. They may be picked up at our location in Granby. Please wear a mask and socially distance. These are the instruments in stock:

This is a Palatino Campus Outfit. The violin is hand-made with maple back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, pegs and saddle. The outfit comes with a padded shaped case, shoulder straps, rosin, and a wooden violin bow. We replaced the Chinese strings with D’Addario violin strings. We set up the bridge and tested the instrument.

$275 with Setup
$175 without Setup (original strings, no adjustments or testing)

This is a MandoMo Bluegrass Cat F5 Mandolin. The instrument is hand-made with maple back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, solid tailpiece, nut, pegs and saddle. It comes with a custom hard-shell case

$999 with case
$899 without case

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 it to you! Click the button below to contact me about classes

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) from Ramelton, County Donegal. The melody is ancient, and may be known as “Dives and Lazarus” or (as a hymn tune) “Kingsfold”. The melody was also used in an Irish folk song called “My Love Nell”. The lyrics tell the story of a young man who courts a girl but loses her when she emigrates to America.

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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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