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Post #7 

Have you encountered obstacles that led to new musical understandings, or assumptions that clashed with your ways of thinking about music? For our last posting, we are asked to be reflective about our musical journey. Were there obstacles to learning my instrument? Absolutely. I found it difficult to not only use the appropriate technique to …

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Post #6 

Sean nós has many characteristics, but some critical markers/important aspects of this particular style is that, in true sean nós, songs are sung in the Irish language, are unaccompanied, and are usually sung solo. Because Sean nós is not notated, it was more difficult for me to learn. I like having music to look at …

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Post #5 

I've started looking into the contextual significance of these old Irish songs. Some are simply popular pieces that have been around for a long time, but some are also filled with historical significance. Take the piece "Bold Fenian Men" for example. This song is about the Fenian uprising of 1867. The uprising was a rebellion of British …

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Post #4 

In this post, I'm starting to uncover my journey to learning the "old song" techniques to Irish Music. I found this great source. A woman by the name of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (that's a mouthful) is a wonderful instructor online who breaks down Irish sean nós for people. Even better, she does it in english. …

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Post #3 

It was also important for me to find some ground rules/requirements for sean nos singing before I started learning anything by route. I found this wonderful list online: 1. A bare voice (not 'sweet', with a certain 'natural fierceness'). 2. No vibrato. 3. No dynamic. (loud/soft) 4. Emotion is expressed through the use of vocal ornamentation, …

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Post #2 

So, this week, I'm posting the video that started me on this journey. I went to go see the movie Brooklyn, and in the movie one of the characters sings in the sean nos style. This is a link to the video: If you're interested in looking at other videos of singers singing in this …

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Assignment Exploration 

So, for our Comprehensive Musicianship class, we have been challenged to learn a new instrument or genre. The following three questions outline our project: 1. Identify the genre, style, instrument, etc., you plan to investigate. (You can still take time to chose the specific piece you will learn.) I'm very interested in exploring traditional Irish …

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