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  1. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I've added a new page to the site.

    Those who follow my Twitter feed (a mere handful, tbh) which kicked off in November 2020 will know that now I've got rhythm going there, most days I post a link...
  2. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I was talking to a fiddler friend a while back. It turns out we were both at a gig by The Gloaming at the Union Chapel in London a few years ago (although we didn't bump into each other at the...
  3. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    You're not wrong there, Jill. A gentleman and (literally!) a scholar. I'm very fortunate to have made his acquaintance, regardless of the gift he made me. Simply being able to share our mutual...
  4. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I managed - with some considerable expenditure of time and effort - to complete the "re-tabbing" exercise I referred to in my post of 10th December. And I've even managed to find time to add a few...
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    Re: Video: The Princess

    Hi Pete...

    You're very lucky to have such a talented brood who share your taste in music. I'll drop you a direct message with a link to my version of the Irish reel Speed The Plough and I'll also...
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    Re: Video: The Princess

    Hi Pete

    Sorry for only just getting around to commenting now; I've been meaning to chip in my tuppence worth for a few days.

    That arrangement brought me out in goose pimples. I'm a big fan of...
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    Re: Scottish Reels

    Mike asked above for tab for Robertson's. I'm not familiar with the tune but I was able to create tab from settings at thesession.org. Here are settings in A and G.

    191041

    191042

    Maybe...
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    Re: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    Most of the recordings listed here will feature the reel, not the song...

    https://thesession.org/tunes/116/recordings
  9. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    A few words, mainly to say thank you to those at the cafe who have provided help, encouragement and inspiration over the course of the past year. It's been a tough one for all of us and I'm sure...
  10. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Another update from yours truly.

    I'm ploughing my way through upgrading the tablature files on the "learn some tunes" page of the website - www.theirishmandolin.com When I originally set the site...
  11. Re: Paddy Keenan. Se Mo Laoch, TG4. Essential viewing!

    Thanks for sharing that link, Dagger. Paddy’s the boss...
  12. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    So...

    Having redesigned the nucleus of "The Irish Mandolin", i.e. the "learn some tunes" page, I'm now slowly trawling through the site to make upgrades to some of the earlier tablature and -...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    I play a set "The Harp And Shamrock/The Tailor's Twist".
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Whistler's post is, as ever, very helpful. I'd echo what others have said in that there's no universally accepted "right" way to play hornpipes as the videos which he's posted show. It's all about...
  15. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I've spent the last few days reorganising and redesigning the "learn some tunes" section of the website. You may remember that I had set out the tune title, type and key, links to further info and...
  16. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    So... for what it's worth, here's a link to an mp3 of a sketchy recording of me playing The Barrow Banks one time through. Normally I wouldn't attempt to record a tune until it felt a little bit...
  17. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    I would probably take the polar opposite approach myself, Jeff.

    To me the notated tune is like a map. And the playing of a tune is a journey. The map is just an aid to a journey, the journey...
  18. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    That, Jeff, is a wonderful tale, well told. I think many of us will recognise a little of ourselves in there!

    Aidan
  19. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    And - a bit controversial this! - a good tune can completely change your mind about a player! :-)
  20. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    That is, indeed, a grand tune, Jill. I know it from The Smoky Chimney album (Gerry Harrington, Eoghain O Sullivan and Paul de Grae) which is one of my favourite albums of all time. If ever, from...
  21. The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tune...

    We all have our own "paths" into new tunes to add to our repertoire. For me the most common route to a new tune is through hearing it in a session. Some tunes simply stand out from the crowd and...
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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    Hehe, Bren. There's still time!
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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    Hi there. A few people have published lists of standards and I'll add a few links to the end of this post. The only issue with these lists is that once people start to get into the tunes properly,...
  24. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Thanks to a very helpful suggestion from Michael Gregory, I've tweaked the "mandolin players' favourite sets" section so that as well as listing the tunes in the set, I include a link to the relevant...
  25. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Hi Louise... lovely to hear my tune described in such glowing terms. When it first came to me -almost a case of the tune writing itself! - I wasn’t sure if it would move others in the way it spoke...
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