I've recently been delving more and more into Celtic music and I would like to learn some scales and techniques for Celtic style guitar. In short I want to emulate the violins and the flutes. If you could suggest sites, albums, videos etc for me to check out that'd be great.

Also on a side note, does anyone know a good combination of pedals to get a sound very similar to a Celtic flute? Thanks!
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The only thing I could think of is doing volume swells or using a sustainer
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I prefer not to get something like a Midi pickup...too digital for my tastes... my TC Electronic Nova Delay is the most digital thing in my setup. I figure putting my strat in the neck PU and turnin' on my compressor with my volume pedal will get the smoothness of the flute, but I need something... maybe a POG or something to get that...flute-y sound.

Also, what about scales n' such? Songs? Anything that I could practice to learn some Celtic runs. Thanks again ^^;
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I agree with the volume swells for a violin-ish sound. Maybe combine that with picking 12 frets higher than the fretted note do give a more rounded (almost clarinet-ish/wood flute-ish) sound.

Also, open tunings, especially drop D or DADGAD.
I actually got inspired to mess around with a flute sound by the song Suite Modale by Paul Gilbert.


I'm curious as to how he got that sound. Although, my primary concern is learning what notes and phrasing make up the essence of Celtic music more than the technique. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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Most Celtic music is major or minor pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian or just the standard major scale.

Transcribe some Celtic music.
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Transcribing seems like the best idea. My only problem now is finding good music to transcribe. Any Celtic music I hear is usually in a movie or TV show. Does anyone know of any exceptional albums that focus on violin and flute?
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Listen to things like Peatbog Faeries, Treacherous Orchestra and even The Unusual Suspects.
They all blend traditional scottish music with modern influences. Peatbog often use electronic sounds and even some metal here and there, and TUS incorporate jazz alot.

I'm trying to work on a sort of celtic/metal blend at the moment. I'm sure it'll work fantastically when I've got it sorted, so far no there though.

Let me know how this goes for you!

I recorded that the other night when I was just messing around, it has a Celtic feel and is on electric so I thought I'd share it with you.

I've been able to get some pretty cool celtic stuff out of an electric, I use delay a lot and chorus can help get a fiddle-ish sound, also experiment with drone chord voicings. I play bagpipes so I've been trying to approximate that sound on guitar, so far it hasn't worked but I've gotten some pretty cool sounds.

Celtic music is awesome! Glad to see other people experimenting with it on electric guitar so keep it up!
Last edited by bagpipemetal at Jun 9, 2010,
Dervish! awsome celtic band, and ya major, minor, and so forth for scales, ya can break out alot of celtic sounding stuff just from the major and minor. my Spur of the Moment track has an ebow on it....to get a fluty sound it helps to roll back the tone some on the neck pickup(where the ebow should be focused on) and play mostly above the 12th fret.
Dervish is a good suggestion, also check out:

Enter The Haggis
Rising Gael
Finns Fury
Angus Mohr
Bad Haggis

Also listen to the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. There's two set per show; the first is traditional Celtic music and the second is more modern Celtic rock and stuff.
see my post in this thread, i pretty much posted the formula (except for use of dorian mode, incorporate that as well)


also check out these songs, they follow the formula