Ashokan Farewell

We all make New Year’s Resolutions and mine was to learn to play the Mandolin. As motivation I’m going to try and upload videos as I progress on this journey. Here’s the first song, “Ashokan Farewell”.

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Happy New Year 2019

Just a quick video to say that I hope you have had a great Christmas and that I wish you and yours a happy new year.

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Merry Christmas 2018

Just a quick video to say that I hope you have have a great Christmas this year. Here’s one of my favourite Christmas songs.

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Video: Down By The Salley Gardens

Over the last few months my focus has been on developing various existing projects like Arklow Ukulele Players, my work with Music Generation Wicklow, Arklow’s Youth Centre and as a private tutor. It’s been fantastic and has resulted in articles likeĀ 5 Ways To Help Kids Practice. Right now though, I’d love to share an instrumental tune with you.

Ronan

5 Ways To Help Kids Practice

Parent’s often ask me how they can help their child progress when learning to play an instrument. We often forget that there are many ways that we can help children improve even if we are not musically accomplished ourselves. So here we go:

1. Time

Rather than setting a time limit or scheduling an exact time try be a little more casual. Pick a general timeĀ of day for them to begin their practice. So, for example, you might choose to have them start just after dinner each day. You could even choose a time-frame like between 5pm and 6pm for example. The point is: don’t be too strict with the “when”.

2. Place

Music, like language, is something social. You need to be around other people to truly benefit from it. With this in mind, practice should always be done in a public area of the house where other people can hear them. That being said, if they would prefer somewhere quiet suggest somewhere within earshot so you can hear them play.

3. Praise

Everyone loves to know that their hard work is appreciated. Praise them for their hard work, how well they sound, and how much they’ve improved.

 

 

 

4. Encourage

Ask them to play a song for you. When they play for you make an effort to sing, dance or bop along to show that their playing is making someone happy.

 

 

 

5. Repeat

Habits are made through repetition. Using these steps keep them coming back. The more you help them with their practice, the sooner they’ll set to work on their own.

Video: Anything

The latest song about anything and everything and how it all means nothing. Hope you enjoy the video. Show your support by sharing!

Lyrics:

Build a wall stone by stone
Build a home were we can be… Anything
Take a road high or low…
One day we can be… Anything

You and I mean everything to you and I
But we don’t mean anything…

Time will tell any story that you like
Any tale you want to hear… Anything…

You and I mean everything to you and I
But we don’t mean anything…

With one look, with one touch with one kiss I’m yours! (Anything)
With one look, with one touch with one kiss I’m yours! (Anything)
With one look, with one touch with one kiss I’m yours! (Anything)

You and I mean everything to you and I
But we don’t mean anything…