Jenn begins her Chord Playing and Strumming course by briefly discussing what it will entail and who it is suited for. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Chord Playing & Strumming for Sessions
Learn how to accompany melody instruments in group settings
The Chord Playing & Strumming for Sessions course is suitable for those players who have a good grasp of different chords but want to learn more as well as improve their knowledge of different rhythmical patterns.
Time is spent looking at the more common chords in first position before moving on to some alternative chords and sequences in major and minor keys, culminating in tutorials of 4 tunes.
Music, Tab, Chord charts and diagrams are all provided in downloadable PDF format.
In the final 4 lessons an audio player can be used to play along to the melodies at different speeds.
Course Syllabus & Structure
|Introduction to the Course||01m 05s|
|Tune Melodies||04m 29s|
|Reel Strumming||34m 25s|
|Jig Strumming||22m 32s|
|Major Chords||18m 25s|
|Minor Chords||15m 41s|
|Alternative Major Chords||20m 20s|
|Alternative Minor Chords||14m 13s|
|The Stool of Repentance||22m 38s|
|Far Frae Hame||19m 41s|
|Pull The Knife||16m 18s|
|The Bird's Nest||18m 27s|
As can be seen the course begins by looking at the melodies that you will learn to accompnay, before looking at the strumming patterns for 4/4 and 6/8 Time Signatures.
Then we move on to Common and Alternative Major and Minor Keys; a brief discussion on Transposition and then the 4 tutorials on accompanying the melodies themselves.
Your Tutor -
Jenn Butterworth is one of the most notable folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene. She currently holds the title ‘Musician of the Year’ from the Scots Trad Music Awards, and was nominated for the same title in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She has been a key member of a range of high profile folk music projects, including Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton’s SYMBIOSIS Big Band, award winning folk powerhouse Kinnaris Quintet, and recently a member of folk supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ involving an array of prominent folk artists including Eliza Carthy, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart.
Jenn moves on to introducing the four melodies she will cover in the course: The Stool of Repentance; Far Frae Hame; Pull the Knife and The Bird’s Nest. This Post is
Next, Jenn takes time to teach the particular pattern and styles that you can use when accompanying reels in sessions. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
This time, Jenn pays close attention to the particular pattern and styles that you can use when accompanying jigs in sessions. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Jenn now moves on to look at the Major Key Chords that could be used when you are accompanying tunes in major keys during sessions. This Post is only available to
Jenn continues by looking at the Minor Key Chords that could be used when you are accompanying tunes in minor keys during sessions. This Post is only available to subscribed members.
In the next lesson Jenn discusses alternative chords in major keys that could be used in sessions to give added colour and texture to your strumming. This Post is only available
Following on from the previous lesson, Jenn turns her attention to alternative chords in minor keys that could be used in sessions to give added colour and texture to your strumming.
Jenn pauses briefly to discuss transposition and how she tackles transposing between different keys. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Jenn pulls together everything she has covered so far and teaches how you might accompany the jig, The Stool of Repentance. Audio Track Player Use the player below to play along with
Jenn continues by using the techniques and chords described in previous lessons to cover the accompaniment of Far Frae Home. Audio Track Player Use the player below to play along with a
Jenn does the same as the previous lesson, by pulling everything together to look at how you might accompany the jig with a great name, Pull the Knife and Stick it in
Jenn completes her course for Chord Playing & Strumming for Sessions by focusing on the reel The Bird’s Nest. Audio Track Player Use the player below to play along with a piano