Strumming patterns

Learn an easy rhythm variation for Celtic jigs on DADGAD or standard guitar

In this week’s free Irish guitar lesson from Folk Friend, I’ll be showing you a simple rhythmic variation for jigs which will really enhance your Celtic backing guitar! I’ll also be showing you how to apply it using linking chords to create a smooth chord progression between a major chord and its related minor chord. The demonstrations in this acoustic guitar tutorial use DADGAD tuning (including diagrams for DADGAD chords), but I’ll also show you how you could use the same techniques in standard (EADGBE) tuning.


I recently finished writing a complete Beginner’s Guide To Celtic DADGAD Accompaniment! You can find it here.

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If you would like a complete guide to folk backing on the guitar then you really need my book Backing Guitar Techniques For Traditional Celtic Music, which tells you all the music theory, strumming patterns, chord shapes and everything else you need to become a great backing guitarist and
My invention The Amazing Mode Wheel can show you all the notes and chords which fit in any scale used in Celtic music.

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