Celtic music theory Ear training

Easiest way to pick chords for Celtic guitar accompaniment by ear – Folk Friend

In this week’s free Irish guitar lesson I will be showing you the easiest way to pick chords for a tune in a major (ionian) key.

I’ll be working with my “Out on the Ocean Tune Loop” video, which you can watch here:

The music theory guides for Celtic music which I mentioned are available here:

Part 1

Part 2

Simple chords:

G / G / G / C /

G / G / C / D G X2


C / C / G / D /

G / C / G / D G X2


Example with related minors:

G / Em / Am / D /

G / Em / Am / D G X2


C / Am / Em / D /

G / C / Em / D G x2

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