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Modal Keys, Part 1: D Modal Reels 

This lesson is part of the course Irish Backup Guitar with Flynn Cohen.
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Learn to accompany jigs and reels and other traditional Irish dance tunes in the style pioneered by Irish guitar greats Paul Brady, Mícheál Ó Dhomhnaill, and Dáithí Sproule and used at Irish seisiúns. With chord voicings, rhythm patterns, and practice tracks.

 
 
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THE JIG RHYTHM
 
Jigs are the other most commonly played dance form in Irish traditional music. The 6/8 jig rhythm is unique and has a specific strumming pattern and a particular feel. Beginning jig players often use an alternating picking pattern, but to get the right feel, it’s usually better to use a down-up-down, down-up-down pattern. Flynn demonstrates the pattern and gives you a couple of exercises to help you get used to the pattern.
 
 
 
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MODAL KEYS  
 
MODAL KEYS  
 
Modal Keys, Part 1: D Modal Reels 
Modal Keys, Part 1: D Modal Reels 
 
Flynn explains the concept of “modal keys” in Irish music and gives you a couple of examples of modal tunes to play in the most common modal keys: D modal and A modal. In D modal, you’ll use D5, C, and G chords, and Flynn shows you the chord progressions for the modal reel “Famous Ballymote.” You’ll also learn a nice voicing for a C chord you can use when playing modal tunes in D.

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