Irish Music Terms

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Fiddle

An Irish violin

Drone

A long held note under the main melody (usually associated with the Uilleann Pipes)

Double Stopping

The practice of playing two notes together on the fiddle

Guitar

Micheal O'Domhnaill was an excellent accompanist on the ???

Nylon

The type of strings used in the newer harp, gives a softer sound.

Banjo

An melody instrument in traditional music played like a guitar that also features heavily in county (American) music

Keyed

A _______ flute allows you to play more notes than a non-keyed flute

Uilleann Pipes

Air is pumped through the instrument by filling the bellows using your underarm strenght. What instrument is this?

Piano

The type of accordion most popular in Ceili Bands is the _________ accordion

Jig

A dance is 6/8 time

SlipJig

A dance in 9/8 time

Hornpipe

A dance that we can use humpty dumpty to sing along too

Slow Air

An Irish tune that we can't dance too

Ornamentation

The way in which traditional musicians put their own stamp on the music by using extra notes or changing the music slightly

Simple

Irish Music usually has a ____________ form

Dynamics

Irish Music has little or no change in _____________ during each performance

Modal

Irish Music tunes can be said to be __________ meaning they use a flattened 7th

SeanNos

Means old style" singing"

Nasal

The sound of your head voice, not your chest/tummy voice

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