Cooley's Reel

by Lian Gerbino

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  • Hi GMCers and welcome to a new lesson.
    This time we´ll see some Irish folk, so, I came up with a famous Irish Reel.

    What´s a Reel:
    Basically, it´s a folk dance.
    All reels have the same structure, consisting largely of quaver movement with an accent on the first and third beats of the bar. A reel is distinguished from a hornpipe by consisting primarily of even beats. Reels usually have two parts (A and B); in most reels each part is repeated (AABB), but in others it is not (ABAB). Each part (A and B) typically has eight bars, which in turn are divisible into four-bar and two-bar phrases, as in a scheme of question-answer, where the first phrase is the "question" and the second is the "answer."

    This awesome tune is played in many Celtic gigs around the world! So, you´ll find so many listeners once you learn it! XD

    Hope you like this lesson!
    Take it step by step and have fun!

    Stay close! -

    Used scales: F minor. E minor *
    Meter: 4/4 –
    Guitar Tune: Down 1/2 step
    TEMPO: 95 Bpm.

    * this reel is composed in the key of E minor.
    I played it in F minor ´cause my guitar tune is down 1/2 step. So, you can learn it in both keys.

    As some of you know, I use a POD xt to rec all my lessons. you´ll find my presets on my board ;)

    If you have any problems let me know.
    Take care and see you all around.

    Lian Gerbino

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