Jim Murray introducing Double Drop D tuning for Irish guitar
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Free Irish Guitar tutorials

Step by step easy to understand lessons

Jim has toured, recorded and taught nationally and internationally. He has a wealth of teaching experience and has performed master classes around the world. Jim’s guitar tutorials will guide you using step by step instructions on how to become a competent and confident accompanist of traditional Irish music.

He has broken down his amazing technique into easy to see and easy to understand lessons.  Each of these lessons have extensive supporting audio and visual clips which can be played over and over to aid learning.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, check out Jim’s Patreon page for the next level.

Jim Murray introducing Double Drop D tuning for Irish guitar
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Explore Double Drop D tuning for free

Techniques to create an amazing sound​

Double Drop D tuning is the tuning Jim has used for the past 20 years to accompany Irish traditional music on the guitar. As the name suggests the top and bottom E strings are dropped down to a D while the middle four strings remain in standard tuning. By dropping both E strings down to a D this immediately gives the guitar a wider dynamic and a beautiful full drone sound when playing a simple D chord.This tuning can be used very effectively for accompanying Irish melodies in all keys, both with and without a capo.

Let Jim show you how he uses this tuning to create an amazing sound accompanying Irish music and the many other advantages it offers. Each guitar lesson has a main teaching video and supporting examples for specific techniques which can be played over and over to aid easy learning.

Note: Jim also teaches in Standard Tuning

Jim Murray introducing Double Drop D tuning for Irish guitar
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Jim Murray explaining the advantages of double drop d tuning for Irish guitar
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Jim Murray explaing how to choose chords for playing Irish guitar
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Jim Murray explaining how to use Double Drop D tuning with a capo for Irish Guitar
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Jim Murray Playing Irish Guitar without a capo
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Irish Music Rhythms for Guitar

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Accompanying a Jig

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Example 1 in DDD Tuning

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Example 1 in Standard Tuning

Find more of Jim’s guitar lessons on Patreon. They will give you step by step instructions, helping you to become a competent and confident accompanist of traditional Irish music.

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Accompanying a Reel

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Example 1 in DDD Tuning​

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Example 1 in Standard Tuning​

Find more of Jim’s guitar lessons on Patreon. They will give you step by step instructions helping you to become a competent and confident accompanist of traditional Irish music.

Would you like to improve your technique?

Wherever you are in the world, Jim is available for lessons online.  All you need is a good internet connection and microphone! All age groups are welcome from beginner through to advanced level players, however, it is preferable that you know the basics of guitar playing.

"I took lessons with Jim so I could have a few more tools to incorporate into my style and he helped me accomplish that. Jim is very dedicated in his approach to teaching. No matter what skill level you are at, Jim will take you to the next level! I highly recommend his lessons."

Felicity Barker | Wales