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Two Contrasting Traditional Celtic Tunes

One of the best things about playing classical guitar is exploring a wide variety of music. There are myriad styles, time periods and musical “attitudes” to choose from. Irish music has a distinct sound and character. Celtic music (which includes Irish music) blends European music from over the centuries with orally-transferred folk songs and dances. The result is at once intellectually stimulating and emotionally intimate. These two pieces, Red is the Rose and Paddy Whack, offer contrasting and complementary samples of Irish songs. A ballad and a jig (respectively), they each require different practice methods and stylistic shaping. In these two courses, you explore each in deep detail. Red is the Rose and Paddy Whack will stimulate and challenge you, while adding refreshing variety to your daily practice.

Piece #1: Red is the Rose, a traditional Irish Ballad

Red is the Rose is beautiful melody, with added accompaniment to create the atmosphere.  It contains 2 main sections.  The first is suitable for beginners, and can be repeated to form a complete tune.  The second keeps the same melody, but adds more complex accompaniment, suitable for players at the early intermediate level and above.

A Heart-touching Ballad

Challenges You'll Face in Red is the Rose:

  • Playing up to the 7th fret
  • A 4-fret stretch in the left hand
  • A partial bar chord
  • Balancing melody and accompaniment
  • Connecting the melody notes

Piece #2: Paddy Whack, a traditional Irish Jig

Paddy Whack is a fun piece.  It's accessible for players upper beginner level or above.  Perhaps both the biggest challenge and attraction is getting it up to speed.  It's sure to raise both your pulse and your mood.

A Lively Romp

Challenges You'll Face in Paddy Whack:

  • Playing up to the 7th fret
  • A 5-fret slur (not as bad as it sounds)
  • Using specific fingerings in both hands
  • Balancing melody and accompaniment
  • Connecting the melody notes


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This course is at the EARLY INTERMEDIATE level. This means that most of the notes will be in the lower positions, with occasional notes moving into higher positions (usually just on the 1st string). The rhythms are mostly simple. Chords are mostly common, open-position. TABs are included for an alternative to music notation. For more advanced players, pieces in this level can be used as a study to improve learning, memorization, and phrasing techniques.

About CGS Courses

The courses you’ll find here on Classical Guitar Shed are among the most in-depth, detailed and high-quality classical guitar courses available anywhere.  Each course explores a single guitar skill or piece of music.  And each course features high-quality HD video with multiple camera angles, as well as one-of-a-kind custom learning materials. This means you always know exactly what’s going on.

Repertoire and skills are divided into small sections or concepts, and worked through one at a time. You’ll get suggestions on varied subjects, which may include:

  • How to count and play any tricky rhythms
  • How to polish difficult transitions
  • How to phrase the music, when to swell or fade
  • How to apply advanced phrasing techniques to make the music more beautiful
  • How to practice so you learn the piece most quickly
  • How to memorize the music more easily
  • How to troubleshoot hard spots
  • How to avoid common traps that slow players down
  • How to make small changes that make big differences
  • How to understand the composer’s intentions
  • How to choose the right tone quality for each part
  • How to make the melody sing
  • How to make the rhythm more lively
  • How to practice to increase your speed and precision
  • How to maintain the piece after you learn it
  • among others

When you purchase a CGS Course, you get lifetime access to all videos and materials.  You also get full support and your questions get answered via on-page comment or email.

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Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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