Old Bush and the Maple Leaf

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.

Cup of Tea and Other Tunes

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

Creeping Docken Guitar

Creeping Docken DADGAD

Cup of Tea Guitar

Cup of Tea DADGAD

Joe Cooley’s Guitar

Joe Cooley’s DADGAD

Peter Byrne’s Fancy Guitar

Peter Byrne’s Fancy DADGAD

Tunes from Mandolin II

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.

Dorm Room at Celtic Week 2011 - Guitar, Mandolins and Kettlebells, what else do you need?

Mandolin (tab) tablature & standard notation

Devanney’s Goat

Poor Old Woman

Hardiman the Fiddler

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

Devanney’s Goat in Standard Tuning

Poor Old Woman in Standard Tuning

Hardiman the Fiddler in Standard Tuning

Devanney’s Goat DADGAD

Poor Old Woman DADGAD

Hardiman the Fiddler DADGAD

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.

The Choice Wife

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.

The Choice Wife Mandolin Tab

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.

 

 

25 Irish Tunes Mandolin Tablature and Standard Notation

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

Tune List from Michael Pilgrim’s Irish Tune Booklet

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!

25 Irish Fiddle Tunes in Standard Notation and Mandolin Tablature

Click the Link above to view or Download this file.

See below for a great book full of Mandolin tab, standard notation and chords for the Celtic/Irish mandolin, octave mandolin or tenor banjo player.

20% of all profits go towards the Swannanoa Gathering Scholarship Fund.

Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection

Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection

Inisheer and the Merry Blacksmith Tablature and Standard Notation for Mandolin

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.

Inisheer

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!

Merry Blacksmith

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.

Inisheer

The Merry Blacksmith

Enjoy!  Their timing seems good, so play along.

 

 

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.

Two new tunes from Celtic Week 2008 with Donal Clancy

 

I first attended the Swannanoa Gathering as a volunteer for Celtic week back in 2008. I had the pleasure of taking a great DADGAD class with Eamon O’Leary. If I still played guitar often enough, I’d like to have that laid back approach that he does.


Eamon O'Leary - Swannanoa Gathering, Celtic Week Instructor

Donal Clancy led a flat picking guitar class that was waaaayyy laid back.  So laid back in fact that on one of the class days, he even left the room half way through the class and didn’t return. No problem though, because I did learn a few fantastic tunes the first two days I attended his class.

I’ve had some time to convert the first two we learned into mandolin tablature and standard notation. I’m aiming to get around to the last two in a while.  They are, all four, nice grooving irish trad tunes.

Since I wasn’t sure if Mr. Clancy was going to show up for future classes, luckily, Robin Bullock allowed me to sneak into an octave mandolin class of his. Also, a great experience. Even though he tuned his octave mandolin GDAD, I learned some great tips on how to hear the ‘corners’ of a song, to be able to better figure out tunes on the fly.  Thank Robin!