October 9

Irish: Ornaments & Micro-Improv – Tom Morley

Once you’ve learned the melody of a good Irish jig or reel, what’s next to do with it? You can start improvising swing, jazz or bluegrass licks over the chord changes…but the other musicians down at the local pub trad session aren’t going to be particularly impressed! That’s because in the world of Irish trad, the melody is the thing. In this class you’ll discover what the master players do as they play a tune over and over—the fine art of “micro-improvisation.” We’ll take a several classic Irish tunes and learn how to push the boundaries in every way, mixing and matching classic Irish ornaments of every type, adding slight variations in melody and rhythm, and more, to keep the tune fresh and interesting, without ever losing the melody. 

Morley-IRISH MICRO-IMPROV SWB2021


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