Thursday, January 29, 2015

A New Life for the Slowplayers Irish Tune Learning site

Eddie Edwards
A Kansas City, MO based musician named Eddie Edwards has taken over the Irish Traditional Music (ITM) themed website slowplayers.org.

The mission of slowplayers.org is to help people who want to play Irish music learn to play Irish music. Eddie says that to learn to play the tunes well you have to begin by playing them slowly so you can get the right lift. Thus, the idea of “Slowplayers”.

The re-vamped site contains lots of helpful information, including:

Ten Steps for Learning Tunes on Your Own

A Tune Dictionary with descriptions of the different tune types, including Reels, Hornpipes, Marches, Barndances, Flings, Polkas, Jigs, Slip Jigs, Slides and Mazurkas.

The Short List: Thirty-Five Tunes for Beginners

Details about about the history of and how to play individual tunes, like this writeup about the reel Gravel Walks. Plus slow play / medium tempo recordings of tunes, like the recordings found here of the jig Out on the Ocean.

There’s also lots of information and tips for Learning By Ear and the Modes and Keys used in Irish music.

Eddie appears to be updating the site frequently so it’s worth checking out often. Slowplayers also has a Facebook page.

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