Free fiddle sheet music Road to Lisdoonvarna is an incredibly catchy Irish jig! This free printable sheet music comes with chords and guitar tabs too, and makes a terrific piece for a group of kids. Two versions.
The melody presents a challenge to young kids playing violin -- how do you bow the phrases? For a couple of my beginning students who had to learn the piece in a hurry in order to perform with a group of older kids who have played Road to Lisdoonvarna for a few years, it was difficult to get their speed up.
I recommended that they bow twice a measure, slurring beats 1 to 3 together, and beats 4 to 6 together. This is a skill violinists grow into, but for some kids it's a stretch! Some of the fiddlers in different Youtube performances do a lot of slurring, but mix it up as well.
For guitarists, playing in second position works very well in this song (that is, playing finger 1 over fret 2, and finger 2 over fret 3, and finger 3 over fret 4, etc.), and this is a good melody for introducing that concept to your beginners.
The version below is slightly easier (just in line 1), but it is a popular way to play the song here in our town:
Download free printable sheet music and guitar tabs easier version Road to Lisdoonvarna
The video below features an unusually slow but irresistable rendition of Road to Lisdoonvarna, first on guitar, and then (played by the same artist) on the fiddle. I love it! Ask your students what they think.
This song is also great when paired in a medley. I see that others have paired Road to Lisdoonvarna with Swallowtail Jig; my daughter's fiddle group leader used Cam Ye Oer Fra France together with this song, and it worked well.
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