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Gerry McKee - Bouzouki

Gerry McKee is a true innovator in the tradition of Irish style bouzouki playing. His style is rhythm driven with a strong emphasis on bass runs and substitute chords. Included in Gerry's many teaching invitations are, the Master's Degree in Traditional Music Performance at University College Limerick, and at the Blas Festival held on the same campus. Gerry has also taught in Italy, Denmark, the US and France, where he now tours regularly. He also gives private tuition.

Listen to Gerry

The tutorial caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players. The tutorial also includes a performance piece and an interview with the tutor.

In the beginners' section Gerry demonstrates the basics of the bouzouki including chord shapes, rhythmic patterns, and dampening. He then demonstrates these skills in GDAE tuning (with reference to the GDAD tuning system) using easy, slow-paced Jigs and Reels. With the basic chords introduced Gerry then suggests substitute chords that may be used to increase the harmonic colour. The individual parts of the tunes are demonstrated on video at a slow pace and the full tune is subsequently demonstrated at a medium pace so that you can play along.

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