Here’s a great tune I learned from John Doyle. This is the tune of the week!
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.
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.
New tabs, tablature, standard notation and chords have been added to the tunes section, both for mandolin and guitar.
As promised, I finally got to tabbing out Peter Byrne’s Fancy and Creeping Docken. There was also a request for Cup of Tea. That one’s for you Michel in France! Joe Cooley’s was just for fun. It goes well before Cup of Tea in a set.
Cup of Tea mandolin
Joe Cooley’s mandolin
In the Mandolin II class at Celtic week, with David Surette, we learned a few tunes by ear, a few by tab, and also focused on how to make accompaniment with the mandolin interesting. I had to leave “the gathering” earlier today, to visit the in-laws, and so have had some time in the car to tab a few of the tunes for you. Click on the links below for the mandolin tablature for the irish tunes of (reel) Devanney’s Goat, (reel) Poor Old Woman, and (slip jig) Hardiman the fiddler.
Mandolin (tab) tablature & standard notation
Now that I’ve found myself exploring the guitar again, I’ve also created flat picking tablature for the tunes above. Here they are:
Guitar (tab) tablature and Standard Notation for Flat picking
We also learned a great tune called The Reverend Brother’s Jig (called the Monk’s Jig on thesession.org) and a number of Breton Tunes. Great class, good teacher, learned a lot.
Today I was inspired to tab out one of my recent favorite tunes. One is called The Choice Wife, or O’Farrel’s Welcome To Limerick. The mandolin tablature also has standard notation. You can access these files as .pdf clicking the links below or through the tunes page.
This is a tune played often at the Jack of the Wood session, when Sean is on the pipes. It’s got a great groove, and nice melody.
Here’s a great PDF from a fellow MandolinCafe member, Michael Pilgrim. Some of these songs are individually on the tunes and tab page, but
there are a number of them which are not.
Enjoy adding these common irish session tunes to your repertoire. I look forward to seeing you at the Jack of the Wood some time here in Asheville!
Click the Link above to view or Download this file.
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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:
Here is the recording made with a Trinity College Octave Mandolin and an Andrew Mowry Flat Top Mandolin:
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.
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.
I’ve got a few new tabs I need to put up on the tab section, but here is one that can’t wait.
It’s a tab of one of my favorite tunes, “Give Me Your Hand”.
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.
PS- By the way, while searching for an image with the chords to “Give Me Your Hand”, I found this great site:
It has slow and up-to-speed recordings of many irish tunes.