Online Group-Tuition Programmes

Acadamy Programmes

Beginning - 07 May 2022

Developing your hands-on skills: post-beginners’ course


The aim of this course is to develop your playing techniques and expand your repertory. We will work through four pieces from the Bunting manuscripts; you may be familiar with some of these, but you will be learning to play them in a new way. My arrangements are based on my interpretations of the fingering techniques published by Bunting in 1840, along with my knowledge of Irish traditional music. I have been using these techniques to develop a new approach to playing, which I have been teaching at Scoil na gCláirseach in recent years. In this course, you will be consolidating your playing of bualadh suas, briseadh, leagadh anuas, leath leagadh, taobhchrobh and glas, and learning additional techniques as required. You will also learn tips for playing by touch, without looking at your strings. If you would like advance private tuition to work on these techniques, please contact me:

Note: the final session will be an illustrated presentation on the instrument and its repertory, with guest speaker, Simon Chadwick.

In this course students will:

  • expand their repertory, learning four old Irish harp pieces from the manuscripts of Edward Bunting
  • develop and consolidate their use of the fingering techniques, published by Edward Bunting in 1840, as a basis for playing
  • learn new strategies for playing without looking at the strings
  • explore aspects of Irish traditional music style, as an integral part of playing old Irish harp music

Course Duration

6 Sessions



Class Time

2.00 – 3.15 pm




Saturday | 2.00 – 3.15 pm

07 May

Session 1

'Nurse Putting the Child to Sleep'

'Nurse Putting the Child to Sleep'

14 May

Session 2

'Bacach Buí na Leimne' [The Beggar]

'Bacach Buí na Leimne' [The Beggar]

21 May

Session 3

'Planxty Irwin'

'Planxty Irwin'

04 Jun

Session 4

'Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn' [We Brought the Summer With Us]

'Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn' [We Brought the Summer With Us]

11 Jun

Session 5



18 Jun

Session 6

The instrument and The Repertory Sources – An illustrated talk [Guest speaker: Simon Chadwick]

The instrument and The Repertory Sources – An illustrated talk [Guest speaker: Simon Chadwick]

What to Expect

  • Six live classes, each lasting 1.25 hours, in an online Zoom room, shared with other participants
  • Each session is video-recorded and available to you, 48 hours after the live event, until your course-access period ends
  • You will have access to downloadable PDF and / or audiofile class materials

Technical Requirements

  • A laptop, desktop or tablet computer; we do not recommend using a phone to participate
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Access to a printer for downloadable course materials
  • Access to the Zoom platform; further information to help you get set up for participating over Zoom will be sent after you have registered

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