Yesterday I spent the afternoon playing music. My fellow session player and concertinaist (sp?) wanted to record a few tunes for his family. My favorite was the Gravel Walk. And here it is:
Charlie is playing concertina, and I am experimenting with the Octave Mandolin.
Here’s a great tune I learned from John Doyle. This is the tune of the week!
gallagher’s frolics guitar tab
gallagher’s frolics mandolin tab
See the video below to play along!
Two nights ago, at the White Horse in Black Mountain, NC, we played these two tunes together. The Old Bush and The Maple Leaf.
(Ye) Old Bush <–tab
The Maple Leaf <–tab
For you guitar flatpickers, here are those same tunes tabbed out in standard tuning and DADGAD.
(Ye) Old Bush Standard Guitar The Maple Leaf Guitar
(Ye) Old BushDADGAD The Maple Leaf DADGAD
While I’ve always found the “chopped off head” youtube videos kind of strange, this is the best one I could find at the time for The Maple Leaf.
Last week our local piper at the early session at the Jack of the Wood, encouraged me to back him up on a jig and a slip jig. They are great tunes, so I spent some time researching and creating a chord arrangement to for rhythmic backing.
Here are the chords I found from VCP Sheet Music for “the Choice Wife”. They work nicely.
Next up are some chords I’m playing around with for “Muireann’s Jig”.
Bm- BmEm BmEm BmEm B- BmEm Bm- BmEm
Em- F#m- G- Am Em- F#m- G- Am
Bm- D- D- DEm Bm- D- D- DEm
DBm DA D- DEm DBm DA BmA DEm
I feel it can still use some tweaking, but it works well enough at the moment.
If you’d like to play along, use the videos below.
The Choice Wife is also called O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick
The Eastern Coast of Inisheer
According to Wikipedia, “Inisheer (Irish: Inis Oírr, the island’s official name, Inis Oirthir, meaning “east island”, and traditionally Inis Thiar, meaning “rear island”) is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland.”
Here is the mandolin tablature, standard notation, and chords to this lovely waltz.
While I was tabbing and chording Inisheer, I had The Merry Blacksmith right in front of me, so I went ahead and tabbed that one too.
Here it is!
I tried to find a way to upload music to go along with these, but to no avail through wordpress. Luckily I found these two great videos on youtube from the same folks. Looks like a father daughter combo! Great playing.
The Merry Blacksmith
Enjoy! Their timing seems good, so play along.
Here’s the newest tune converted to Tablature and Standard Notation for the Mandolin.
Standard Notation and Tablature for the Celtic Irish Tune, the Floating Crowbar. Arranged for Mandolin.
A clearer version can be downloaded in .pdf format on the tunes page of this blog.
It’s been tabbed out fairly accurately. If I recall there are a number of ghost notes indicated on the sheet music on TheSession.org. But this will get you through. Also, please disregard the way the notes are tied together in the B part. Neither I nor my computer program caught these errors until it had already been converted.
However, all the tab works just fine, so enjoy!
Maybe you’ll come out and play it with us at the Jack of the Wood on Sunday afternoon?
See you then.
Check out the Mandolin Tablature section. It’s jumped from 5 files of tablature and standard notation to around 60 in a week and a half!
Remember, this stuff is good for fiddle, tenor banjo and octave mandolin too.
I’m particularly fond of the tune Caracena. Check it out, and send me a recording.
If you are a Mandolin Cafe Forum member, send thanks to Coffeecup. He helped me out with a number of these tabs. In fact, he’s provided most of them so far!