Tunes in Standard Notation
Here are a few tunes in standard notation that may interest you. The creator of each piece has been identified. You'll need to free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these tunes.
A Place In The Heart - by Bill Crahan (simpler version minus chords transcribed by Scott Tichenor).
Where or When - Don Stiernberg (transcribed by John Eubanks). A full transcription of Don's work from his Unseasonably Cool CD. Includes standard notation and tablature + chords. See Don's web site to order. A full MP3 of this piece appears on our MP3 page. A must have recording!
The Wasp Reel - Simon Mayor. An original reel in the best Celtic tradition from English mandolin great Simon Mayor. Versions in G and A plus tablature.
Dance of the Water Boatmen - Simon Mayor. Another great original tune from Mayor.
O'Carolan's Draught - Scott Tichenor. One of the great melodies (and most often performed) from the Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). This melody was originally in G. I moved it into F because I wanted to arrange it with more chords for the solo part and this key fit perfectly. Keep this one slow and lush and make full use of the chords to define the melody. As with all of his music, the chords are wide open for interpretation.
Dem Triska Rebns Nign - Shawn Weaver. Shawn Weaver of Seattle, Washington has created a wonderful site dedicated to Klezmer/Jewish Folk music and offers a remarkable archive of tunes. He leads the band Shawn's Kugel (check out their CD). This site gets my vote for best ethnic mandolin music on the web.
Mouth of the Tobique - Aaron Lord. This pieces comes from Aaron Lord, a talented mandolin and violin player from Portland, Oregon. Arranged in both standard notation and tablature.