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Rickett's Hornpipe (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Eulberg

Rickett's Hornpipe

Steve Eulberg teaches a classic Celtic piece entitled "Rickett's Hornpipe."

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Celtic Guitar seriesLength: 24:20Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (03:55) Lesson Introduction Steve kicks off lesson 7 by performing the melody to "Rickett's Hornpipe."

Hornpipe

The hornpipe shares several similarities with the reel. Like the reel, the hornpipe is typically notated in 2/2 or cut time. In comparison to a reel, there is a more uneven rhythmic distribution of the long-short eighth note pattern. The first eighth note in a pair of two eighth notes receives a longer rhythmic value than the second. The eighth notes are written as normal eighth notes, but they are played with a dotted eighth - sixteenth note rhythm. A dot adds half of the rhythmic value to the note next to it. Consequently, a dotted eighth note receives the value of an eighth note plus an additional sixteenth note.

Another important feature of the hornpipe is the use of triplet rhythms. A group of three triplets frequently occurs in place of two eighth notes. Triplets are essentially three notes played to a beat. The melody to "Rickett's Hornpipe" begins with a pickup played in triplets.

Song Form

Like many other Celtic song forms, the hornpipe follows an AABB pattern. Each section is typically eight measures long.
Chapter 2: (07:37) Rickett's Hornpipe Chord Progression

"Rickett's Hornpipe" is played in the key of D major. All of the chords in the progression are diatonic to this key. The I, ii, IV, and V chords are used to harmonize the melody. Respectively, these chords are D, G, A, and Em. Feel free to use "open" voicings for these chords or any of the more elaborate voicings that Steve has discussed in this series. Just make sure that the voice leading remains smooth from one voicing to the next.

Strumming Rhythm

The hornpipe accompaniment consists of a steady quarter note strum pattern. When playing all quarter notes, add a breath between each strum. This is accomplished by releasing the left hand pressure from the strings. Do lift your fingers off of the strings. Simply release some pressure so that the fretted notes do not continue to ring. When a chord involves open strings, use the heel of the right hand to dampen the chord.

Notice how a rest occurs in the accompaniment when the triplet pickup figure is played in the melody. Without the rest, this important feature of the melody is drowned out by the rhythm guitar part.

Practice Time (A Section)

Pause the lesson video and practice the A section of the chord progression along with a metronome. When you feel ready, return to the video and play it along with Steve at 03:40. A slower play along example is provided at 04:50.

B Section

The B Section is almost identical to the A section. Make a careful note of the differences. It is very easy to lose your place within the form if you are not paying careful attention. Remember Hawkeye Herman's rules about visualizing what comes next. You must pay attention to the chord that you are currently playing as well as where and when the next chord change occurs.

Play along with Steve as he demonstrates the B section at 06:24.
Chapter 3: (10:01) Melodic Structure Position

Steve plays the melody of the song in second position for the most part. Second position is quite conducive to playing in the key of D major since the notes F# and C# are fretted by the strong first and third fingers. In first position, these notes must be fretted by the middle and pinkie fingers. Although the melody is played in second position, Steve frequently uses open string note options for notes that could also be played at the fifth fret. However, there are some exceptions. He uses a fretted D note in measure 9 in order to add a slide to the end of the A section.

Right Hand

Use alternate picking when playing consecutive eighth notes or triplets. Play quarter notes with a downstroke.

Finger Rolls

Occasionally, a finger roll must be performed when two notes are played at the same fret on different strings. For more information about finger rolls and their importance, please refer to lesson 5 of Dennis Hodges' Phase 2 Lead Guitar Series.

Practice Time

Learn the melody from Steve's demonstration in the video or from the notation / tablature provided under the "Supplemental Content" tab. Practice along with a metronome to ensure that the rhythm remains steady.
Chapter 4: (01:13) Melodic Demonstration Play the melody along with Steve or accompany him with the chord progression in this scene. Remember to keep careful track of your place in the form!
Chapter 5: (01:32) Chord Demonstration Play the chords along with Steve or play the melody while he accompanies you.

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gone workingone workin replied on June 5th, 2009

Nice Steve! You make it easy to follow your examples of the various forms in Celtic music. I'm sure that there are songs using this form in the context of a band that could make for a very jaunty experience. Are there backing tracks for Celtic music with a bodhran and maybe a pipe or fiddle that one could play along to? And how can ya do without lyrics? A sure 'n' its a fine form you be showin' us for sure boy-o!

Celtic Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Celtic music is a rich, diverse style filled with hundreds of years of culture and beauty. This style of guitar attempts to capture the rich cultural heritage of the music and transfer it into the world of guitar. From reels to jigs to horn pipes, Steve will get you well on your way.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Celtic Guitar

Steve Eulberg introduces Celtic guitar in this lesson. He will talk about the history of the music and cover some basics such as rhythm and timing.

Length: 16:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

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Length: 39:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

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In this lesson, Steve Eulberg ventures into the exciting world of the double jig. As a demonstration, he teaches a song entitled "Irish Washerwoman."

Length: 27:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

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In this lesson Steve Eulberg talks about the single jig style of playing and teaches the song "The Road to Lisdoonvarna" as an example.

Length: 29:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Air Fa La La Lo

In this lesson Steve Eulberg teaches a classic Celtic song entitled "Air Fa La La Lo." This song is heaps of fun to play and sing along with.

Length: 26:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

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Steve Eulberg teaches a hauntingly beautiful Celtic song called "O Waly, Waly" in this lesson.

Length: 19:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Rickett's Hornpipe

Steve Eulberg teaches a classic Celtic piece entitled "Rickett's Hornpipe."

Length: 24:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

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Steve takes you into the world of slip jigs using the song "Another Jig Will Do" as an example.

Length: 36:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

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Steve explains and demonstrates the double jig. He uses "The Lilting Banshee" as an example.

Length: 34:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Celtic Guitar Resources

Steve talks about some great resources for learning Celtic songs and lyrics.

Length: 12:47 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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O'Keefe's Slide

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Length: 27:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Rocky Road to Dublin 1

Steve Eulberg teaches a classic Celtic tuned titled "Rock Road to Dublin 1."

Length: 32:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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The Rose Garden Reel

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Length: 19:02 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
Lesson 14

O'Keefe's Slide Part 2

Steve Eulberg presents his second installment of "O'Keefe's Slide." Here he demonstrates melodic embellishments known as ornaments. Steve explains two new ornaments that can be incorporated into the melody....

Length: 23:20 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

O'Keefe's Slide Part 3, The Final Ornaments

Steve completes "O'Keefe's Slide" by demonstrating the final ornaments. Studying this lesson will leave you with a better knowledge of how to add ornaments to a Celtic style song.

Length: 25:17 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Kesh Jig

Steve Eulberg teaches a Celtic song entitled "Kesh Jig." Here Steve provides a demonstration of both the rhythm and melody parts. The song is presented in standard tuning as well as open G tuning.

Length: 20:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Open G Tuning - Celtic Application

Steve Eulberg breaks down open G tuning and demonstrates how it it can be used in Celtic music.

Length: 11:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Kesh Jig in Open G Tuning

Steve revisits the Celtic tune "Kesh Jig" now that he has covered open G tuning. Working in conjunction with lessons 16 and 17, this lesson explains how the tune can be played by a multiple guitar ensemble....

Length: 21:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Swallow Tail Jig

Steve teaches an old Celtic song entitled "Swallow Tail Jig." Here you will learn the chord progressions that harmonize the A and B sections of the melody.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

After the Battle of Aughrim

Steve presents a lesson on an old Irish song called "After the Battle of Aughrim." In this lesson you will learn the chord progression and three different ways to play the melody.

Length: 25:23 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Scottish Strathspey - Brachanlom

How does a pocket full of nickels and dimes help teach you an old Scottish song? Find out how in this lesson on the strathspey "Brachanlom."

Length: 22:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

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Steve presents another great Celtic guitar lesson. He covers "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." Enjoy!

Length: 23:53 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

Reluctant Bus Boy

Welcome to this unique Celtic song lesson entitled "Reluctant Bus Boy!" This song was written by Steve Eulberg himself and was inspired by his son.

Length: 16:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Steve Eulberg View Full Biography An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).

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