Ear training

How to pick Irish guitar chords by ear for complete beginners PART 1- tunes in major keys

This week’s free Irish guitar lesson from Folk Friend is for complete beginners who want to learn how to accompany Irish traditional music on the guitar by ear. I’ll be showing you which chords fit with a tune in a major key and how you can train your ears to recognise where those chords should fit. I’ll also be giving you some examples using my free playalong video with on screen guitar chords for a classic Irish reel called Maid Behind The Bar. You can find that video here:

Here are the other videos in this series:

Part 2 (dorian)

Part 3 (mixolydian)

Part 4 (aeolian)

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