Trad. Musicians - open sessions every Thursday starting up again on

 Thurs. September 7, 2018. Doors open at 7pm


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IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC INSTRUCTIONAL WORKSHOPS 2018-19 For Adults & Teens


With Susan Hammer Teastas Teagaisc Ceolta Tíre (TTCT) Ireland; B Music.

LOCATION: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church 525 Wardlaw at Nassau N. (Osborne Village). 

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Email: [email protected] Cell: 204-894-4499


SATURDAY OCT 20

11am to Noon (one hour) Introduction to Irish Tin Whistle (Penny whistle) No prior music experience required. Learn or review the basics. Whistle in the Key of D will be available for purchase for $10, for those who need one. $15/hour or $20 for both Intro Whistle & Intro Bodhran 

12:15pm to to 1:15pm (one hour) Introduction to Irish Bodhran. Nor prior music experience required. Learn or review the basics

. Bodhrans will be available for class use for those who don't have their own. $15/ hour or $20 for both Intro Whistle & Intro Bodhran 

1:30pm to 3:30pm Irish Rhythm Skill Development for all instruments (including bodhrans & guitars). You love the sound of Irish music, but how do you get it to sound more "Irish"? Go beyond knowing the difference between jigs & reels and explore the most important ingredient of Irish music - beat & rhythm. $20/two hours 


SATURDAY NOV 10

 11am to 1pm  Intermediate/Advanced Tin Whistle Technique Develop your ability to use Ornamentation & Variations in a variety of types of tunes. $20/two hours 

1:30pm to 3:30pm Bodhran Skill Development for Intermediate players. Focus will be on tone production, tipper/stick skills, traditional and contemporary rhythm patterns. $20/two hours


 SATURDAY DEC

 11am to 1pm Hornpipes & Reels for all Intermediate/Advanced Tune-Players. Learn one of each, including correct rhythm, ornamentation and variation. Sheets will be provided. $20/two hours 

1:30pm to 3:30pm  More Bodhran Skill Development for Intermediate players. Focus will be on tone production, tipper/stick skills, traditional and contemporary rhythm patterns. $20/two hours 


SATURDAY JAN 5

11am to 1pm Double Jigs & Slip Jigs for all Intermediate/Advanced Tune Players Learn one of each, including correct rhythm, ornamentation and variation. Sheets will be provided. 

1:30pm to 3:30pm Developing Your Musical Ear to Enhance Your Playing (for all instruments including bodhrans & guitars). Music is a language and "Irish Style" is the accent or dialect. Listening is critical to being fluent in any language or dialect. Is it important to learn to play Irish tunes in the so-called "Irish Style"? For those who answer "yes", this workshop is for you. Develop your ability to play by ear, (even if you think you can't) in this fun, relaxed workshop (no pressure - honest!!) $20/two hours


SATURDAY FEB 2 

11am to 1pm Polkas & Slides for all Intermediate/Advanced Tune Players Learn one of each, including correct rhythm, ornamentation and variation. Sheets will be provided. $20/two hours

1:30pm to 3:30pm Even More Bodhran Skill Development for Intermediate players. Focus will be on tone production, tipper/stick skills, traditional and contemporary rhythm patterns. $20/two hours 


SATURDAY MAR 2 

11am to 1pm Intermediate/Advanced Tin Whistle Technique Continue to develop your ability to use Ornamentation & Variations in a variety of types of tunes. $20/two hours

 1:30pm to 3:30pm Mandolin & Tenor Banjo Workshop with Paul Hammer Contact Paul for details at [email protected] $20/two hours 


SATURDAY APR 6

 11am to 1pm Even More Bodhran Skill Development for Intermediate players. Focus will be on tone production, tipper/stick skills, traditional and contemporary rhythm patterns. $20/two hours

 1:30pm to 3:30pm And Now For Something Completely Different: Slow Tunes with Harmonies (all levels welcome) Traditionally Irish music was monophonic (only the tune, no harmonies or accompaniment). However with the influence of World Music, accompaniment is now common and some contemporary Irish musicians are adding harmonies to slow tunes & songs. Learn a slow tune and then learn how to add simple harmonies if you wish. Sheets will be provided. $20/two hours

 Occasional private lessons in the City may be arranged with either Susan or Paul - contact for details

ALSO AVAILABLE at the Irish Association of Manitoba (Irish Club) 654 Erin St. Winnipeg

An Irish Music Slow Session one Thursday a month (prior to the regular Thursday Session) - coached by Susan Hammer all welcome (no memberships required) 6:30pm to 7:30pm (we can start closer to 6 if you get there early)

Comhaltas Irish Traditional Music Instruction & Session (Instrumental) one Friday a month taught & hosted by Susan & Paul Hammer (all welcome, no memberships required)

Contact for information: [email protected] Cell: 204-894-4499

Traditional Music Classes at the Irish Club

On behalf of Comhaltas Winnipeg Susan Hammer (T.T.C.T. Ireland) is offering to lead an Irish Traditional Music session on the 2nd Friday of each month at one of the Irish Club's weekly pub nights. As this will be a specifically Comhaltas activity, the focus will be on "authentic Irish Style". The first hour will be a Slow Session focusing on "Irish Style" skill development,by playing tunes slowly and methodically under the guidance of Susan, with assistance from Paul and other experienced players who will be welcome to sit in and play to encourage and support the learners. The session will gradually evolve over the evening giving the more experienced players a chance to play their tunes, and for the less experienced, to learn by listening. Susan & Paul will also offer music instruction for children (adults also welcome) on whistle, bodhran, fiddle, guitar, mandolin etc. Email Susan Hammer at [email protected] if you are interested.

Paul and Susan would be willing to teach small groups of children interested in learning to play: whistle, bodhran, concertina, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bodhran. Certain instruments require a minimum age of 7yrs but some instruments can be started younger. Parents/grandparents can sit in with the children and learn at the same time!