Liz Carroll

is creating new Irish music and sharing tips on composing.

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Tier I: "The Diplodocus"

$6.50
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Includes:
  • Access to Patreon posts and feed
  • Downloads of Liz tunes, played and discussed by Liz (a mix of audio and video)
  • Tune writing tips and examples
  • Patron-only polls

Tier II: "The Island of Woods"

$50
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Includes everything in Tier 1, plus:
  • Complimentary downloads of Liz’s books, “Collected” & “Collected II”
  • Personal guidance for a tune you have written, 1x per month via email. I'll listen to, and/or read, your tune and give you feedback.   
  • Patron-only polls

About Liz Carroll

Hi everyone — my name is Liz Carroll and I am an Irish fiddle player and composer.
Welcome to my Patreon page where I’ll be talking about the nitty-gritty of playing and composing Irish tunes. I'll share what I’ve written in the past, including tunes not recorded from my tune books, “Collected” and “Collected II.” Also, I’ll share tunes I wrote during the pandemic, and music for upcoming projects.

I wrote in my first book of tunes, “Collected,” in 2010:
“When I was nine years old, with much ceremony, I sat down and composed a reel. I can remember that this felt very special, different from learning a tune, varying one, or hearing one for the first time. I had a melody that had come to me, and it didn’t exist anywhere else. I was at once the first person to hear it, to vary it, to learn it, and ultimately to perform it. I can’t tell you how exciting that was! Since that day, through my school years, Irish dancing years, many years of playing and teaching this Irish music I love, and here with a family of my own, I’ve had this extra solitary activity that’s brought me much joy: composing.”

Along with playing my fiddle and performing, I have always loved composing jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, polkas…. If you’re like me and you’ve delighted in writing your first tune or even your twentieth, you know how enjoyable this is. Irish dance music consists of mostly two eight-measure melodies — an A part which gets repeated, followed by a B part, also repeated. This format has been in place for a long time. On the page this can look like very simple music but of course there are all kinds of playing techniques that truly raise these melodies to another level.
We tune writers rarely get to talk about process, however, and indeed we rarely get to play our own tunes. Think of this, then, as a safe zone for tunesmiths!

I hope through our journey here that you will see up close what I do, what I’m thinking, explore what makes a good tune, and be inspired to begin or carry on writing your own music.

By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 13 exclusive posts
2
Audio releases
7
Links
1
Writing
3
Videos
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 13 exclusive posts
2
Audio releases
7
Links
1
Writing
3
Videos

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