New Tune, The Stone Smith

After the great show at Firestorm Cafe, here in Asheville, the following day a tune popped out.  It’s nice driving tune, I’ve called “The Stone Smith”, in honor of one of my good friends, who happens to be a stone smith.  This guy here —> http://www.artisanbuilderscollective.org/bio-matthew.html (If you need any stone work done, he’s the man for it.)

Here’s the tune.

The Stone Smith

Let me know how you like it.  I’ll work on getting a nice recording of it up soon.  I enjoy playing it with Mist Covered Mountain and The Rambling Pitchfork.

 

 

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The Solstice & The Merry Blacksmith Mandolin Tab Tablature w/ Standard Notation & Recording

A few days ago I attempted to record The Merry Blacksmith with Tam Lin on my octave mandolin for a student.  I didn’t feel it turned out very well. Even though I used a click track, somehow the tempos on Audacity got mixed up, and it sounded really shoddy. Letting some frustration pass, I then decided to try one of my favorites (that no one seems to play for some reason) The Solstice, with the Merry Blacksmith. I’m happy with the results.

Here’s the tablature and standard notation for mandolin:

The Solstice

Merry Blacksmith

Here is the recording made with a Trinity College Octave Mandolin and an Andrew Mowry Flat Top Mandolin:

Enjoy!

Give Me Your Hand

I’ve got a few new tabs I need to put up on the tab section, but here is one that can’t wait.

Give Me Your Hand Standard Notation with Chords

Give Me Your Hand Standard Notation with Chords

It’s a tab of one of my favorite tunes, “Give Me Your Hand”.

Give Me Your Hand Mandolin Tablature Tab

I remembered how much I enjoyed this tune after hearing a piper at the Tuesday Night White Horse Session in Black Mountain, NC.

I used to play it with a fiddler here in Asheville quite a bit in the fall of 2009.

Enjoy!

PS- By the way, while searching for an image with the chords to “Give Me Your Hand”, I found this great site:

http://www.thewhistleshop.com/slow/session.htm

It has slow and up-to-speed recordings of many irish tunes.