Irish Song Lesson – Learn “Love is Teasing” with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from OAIM.IE


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The Online Academy of Irish Music presents this introductory lesson for the course ‘Traditional Irish Song (English Language)’.

Most of the songs taught will be from the Irish tradition but there will also be a few songs from the English and Scottish folk song tradition. There will be a mixture of well known and more unusual songs. Themes will include songs of emigration and exile, love songs and humorous songs.

Along with the teaching of the songs, attention will also be paid to the following aspects of vocal technique: tone, breathing, ornamentation, phrasing and increasing vocal strength and range.

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Opening credits – played by our very own Thomas Johnston on Low Whistle, courtesy of Rhythms of Ireland dance show.

23 thoughts on “Irish Song Lesson – Learn “Love is Teasing” with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from OAIM.IE”

  1. Such a beautiful voice!!! you’re amazing! I unfortunatly can’t sing….but
    I would love to!!! do you think it is possible to learn the irish singing
    even if you do not sing at all? I just play celtic harp…. thank you

  2. irishmusicacademy

    If you already play harp, I am sure you would quickly pick up singing. It
    is all about listening and imitating. In Muireann’s course she gives
    exercises and tips to help with technique. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. I left my friends () and kind relations….is there any reason for reason
    for breaking the phrase? Why not (a)either do the whole two lines in one
    breath…and perhaps adjust the projection for breath preservation and also
    for musical use of dynamics, or (B) sing one line one phrase.? I can hear
    what you are trying to achieve at the top of the line …but just
    wondering. Great to see and hear the younger generation talking about the
    music…keep up the good work!!

  4. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

    Hi Lisnageeragh, Thanks for your comment. On the whole I usually stick to
    not breaking a phrase and am a big fan of the one breath two liners!
    Sometimes, though, I break a phrase for effect, as a type of vatiation.
    This is used commonly throughout the tradition. A good example would be in
    the sean-nós tradition of the Muscraí Gaeltacht in County Cork where a
    phrase is broken at the beginning and then the next breath finished the
    phrase and is carried through to the end of the following phrase.

  5. Thanks very much for taking the trouble to give a good reply. I think I’d b
    a bit like yourself on the two liners! I think we need care around
    traditional mores…….in fluteplaying most folk don’t play like Paddy
    Carty …their ”style” is, at times, little more than the residue of
    incompetence.

  6. irishmusicacademy

    “We don’t have more details than that, often that is all you have to work
    on with a traditional song unless it uses actual names or references a
    historical event, it’s a lit of guess work. All I know is that it is sung
    in Ireland, Scotland and America, and there are many different airs to it.
    It also seems to be linked lyrically to “Come all you fair and tender
    ladies” as they have some lines in common. This also happens often within
    an aural tradition.”

  7. irishmusicacademy

    From Muireann – “These are all questions I don’t have answers to. I’d say
    “to go with you” just means to be with you and they probably headed off
    somewhere in search of a better life.”

  8. Very pleased that I found the Irish Music Academy … I am a
    singer/songwriter with a love of Irish music and songs, and I am thrilled
    to be able to learn how to sing the ornamentations and phrasing which gives
    these songs such a magical sound. When I write my songs I imagine how they
    would sound with a backing of beautiful Irish instruments, I’ll be taking
    up the tin whistle & bodhran lessons as well. Thanks so much 🙂

  9. Hi Everyone, Thanks for all the comments and likes! Please feel free to
    ask any questions you have about this lesson or anything related to Irish
    music in general. We’ll get an answer to you asap 🙂

  10. You girl are… magic, the way you sing is as free and beautiful as nature
    itself. Really moves my deepest soul everytime I listen to your songs 🙂
    I love singing as well, and from a while ago I’ve been trying to improve my
    irish folk singing, specially ornamentations, which are pretty hard if
    you’re not used to them xD So thank you very much for making this video
    lesson ♥
    Are there any more videos like this one?

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