Traditional Irish Music
Probably a big challenge for most guitar players to find the right tuning and chords used in this brilliant piece of music by Cara, Mike's Ride :
Jürgen Treyz plays the guitar and he is a master.
I doubt one can reach this level by using John Doyle's DVD for left handed players (!) .
Any experts in this discussion group ?
It would take a long time to make a complete transcription from the video but in few words, the tuning is DADGAD and the chords are not so hard to find.
A phrase (first time) :
||: D / G / | D/F# / D / | G / // | A / A/C# / |
| D / G / | D/F# / D / | G / // | A / // :||
Chords used :
D = xx0200 (complete name : D5)
G = xx5400 (complete name : G add9)
D/F# = xx4200
A = xx7500 (complete name : A add11 (no5))
A/C# = x42000 (complete name : A7 add11/C#)
B phrase :
| Bm7 / // | Bm7 / // | G / // | A / // | -> 3X
| Bm7 / // | Bm7 / // | Em7 / D/F# / | G / A / |
Chords used :
Bm7 : 9x9700 (complete name : Bm7 (no5))
G : 5x5400 (complete name : G add9)
A : 707600 (complete name : A add11 (no5))
Em7 : 222020
D/F# : 404200
When the tune is played for the second time, the guitar player change the chords fingering to add some bass notes.
The first D (xx0200) is now played here : 12 0 12 11 0 0
G from first bar (xx5400) is now a A add11/C# : 11 x 11 9 0 0
G from bar 3 and A from bar 4 are the chords shapes from phrase B
Basic structure for phrase A (second turn) is now :
|D / A / | D / // | G / // | A / // | -> 4X
For phrase B, he now use a Bm7 add11 (977790) and a G Maj7 (554450)
Basic structure for phrase B (second turn) is now :
||: Bm7 / // | Bm7 / // | GMaj7 / // | GMaj7 / // |
| Bm7 / // | Bm7 / // | | Em7 / D/F# / | G / A / :||
The rythm (very clear in B second time) is based on a 3-3-2 pattern (accent on quavers 1, 4 and 7) : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
So you will have to accuented an upstroke (quaver 4)...
Hope this help
P.S : chords shapes are given from bass to trebble, 004200 = bass D open, bass A open, middle D on fret 4, G on fret 2, high A open and high D open.
Hello Jean !
Thanks for your helpful contribution and description !!
To promote DADGAD this type of discussion should be multiplied !!
Hi Phalaina, my book Accompanying Irish Music on Guitar will help you to find these chords. It has a CD with it, and you can find all the chords in all of the common tunings used in Irish guitar accompaniment. The hardest thing to learn is the right hand technique, it takes a while to build up the motor skill needed. Like any motor skill, it benefits most from doing, doing, doing! My book breaks down all the components of this style, so should be of help to you. Find it here.