getting stared in DADGAD

getting stared in DADGAD

Hey Everyone,

After playing in Drop D for a while i am starting to learn DADGAD. Listening to Randall Bays and Daithi Sproule on wgbh.org has really inspired me. I like his backup because in consists of alot of moving line and bass runs, whereas in Drop D just tend to sit on chords.

If anyone has tips feel free to chime in. Listening to Daithi i get the impression that his left hand is always moving, he does not stay on any one chord for to long.

anton

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Re: getting stared in DADGAD

Hmmm… It’s quite a broad topic, ya know. Few tips:

Search The Session discussion archive for discussions on DADGAD guitar. Try these:

https://thesession.org/discussions/1050/comments#comment16006

https://thesession.org/discussions/1107/comments#comment17147

https://thesession.org/discussions/82/comments#comment939

and some others, too.

Try getting your hands on Sarah McQuaid’s book on Irish DADGAD guitar. It’s very informative, both in theory and practice. It also contains a good list of recordings, where you can find some inspiration.

There is an Easy Way, called also The Capo Way. Even if you finally choose this one, it’s better to learn The Hard Way first - gives you more knowledge, and some challenge (not that easy to back an E-major tune in DADGAD with good and innovative variation, you’ll see).

Learn to play melody, not just backing. Sorry if you already knew this one, but I don’t know how advanced you are.

If you are not afraid of getting overwhelmed by information, try

http://home.hccnet.nl/h.speek/dadgad/

Seeya

Janek

Re: getting stared in DADGAD

Thanks for the links.

I am pretty familiar with Han’s Page, and have started working on the chord scales for the common celtic key/modes.

I learned recently to learn the tunes, even if i cant play as fast as the fiddlers, etc. Banging away at I-IV-V gets boring, i prefer the way Daithi plays, where he is playing along with melody.



anton

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Re: getting stared in DADGAD

The great Eddie "Son" House once said that the secret of Delta bottleneck guitar was to keep the bottleneck moving,and the same applies to DADGAD guitar.Try to play in G and Eminor without using a capo.The Flemish DADGAD player Philip Masure is an expert at this.Learn the melodies too.

Re: getting stared in DADGAD

All very good bits of advice here. After playing in DADGAD for some years pretty much by the seat of my pants, the last couple of years I’ve tried really taking a serious look at what I’ve been doing and refining technique, approach, etc.
In particular, I’ve tried working out more chord inversions, especially further up the neck. I find this offers rather more variety than the "banging away at I-IV-V" which Anton mentions, because depending on the key I can come up with one or two alternative ways of playing the chords (Of course, I also sometimes bend the rules slightly by throwing in a III or a VI, if possible).
I also agree with Jocklet about learning to live without a capo. Since I began using some inversions for the G chord, I no longer worry about capoing up or off when transitioning to or from the key of G, and in fact I like the UNcapoed chord progressions much better.
I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of A uncapoed, which means Scottish sessions don’t scare me like they used to. F is still somewhat of a problem for me, though, so I do often use a capo in that case.

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Try looking up a book (if you care to visit the public biblio or buy it — I happen to love books) titled "Celtic Guitar" by Glen Weiser, published by WB, with a CD accompaniment as a guide. It’s a good book with background on the tunes as well. He quotes Davy Graham for the DADGAD arrangements, I think. There’s also a lot of O’Carolan tunes he arranges fingerstyle.
-C.