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  1. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Volume 2 of the Irish Mandolin Tunebook is now complete...
  2. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    GRMMA, Jill. That's really kind of you to say. Part 1 of The Seven Derries kind of wrote itself but I spent quite a bit of time on part 2. It was going nowhere until I hit on the "GBdg BedB"...
  3. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    A lot of my efforts in recent days - as well as the usual focus on traditional Irish tunes - have been on original compositions.

    I've been delighted to be able to share four polkas written by...
  4. Re: The Celtic Mandolin - for April 01/05/21

    Hi John... There's a lot of effort required to produce materials of such complexity and consistently high quality. AIdan
  5. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Here is Matt playing the two airs I mentioned in the post above...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1B3KYR4ECU


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ6UDpD80HI
  6. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    A while ago, in another thread, I recommended Jon Antonsson's website which is aimed at Irish flute players but which contains a number of tools such as drones in a variety of keys and a "bodhrán...
  7. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Well, Michael, as you say it's not really a slow Irish tune. It was originally a Scottish tune, if I remember correctly and it's a long way removed from big Irish airs such as, say, An Raibh Tú Ag...
  8. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on that one. I have heard way too many mandolin and banjo players utterly massacre slow airs by using tremolo. I'm willing to be...
  9. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Hi... A little cryptic. Do I take it you mean tremolo?
  10. Re: The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for March 20121

    Excellent stuff, as ever. It's no mean feat to create and then record these arrangements. There's more than a hint of Planxty in some of the interplay; in the "bigger mixes" in particular...

    I...
  11. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Wow... I tried transposing The Showman's Fancy into C and it turned from being a tune which is so mando-friendly that it practically plays itself into a rubik's cube of a tune. Fair play to you for...
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    Re: Looking for some help....

    That's quite a question and for some of us who grew up with this music or who came to it many years ago, it's fairly difficult to answer.

    I'd say the first port of call would be to immerse...
  13. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Jill McAuley has very graciously allowed me to use one of the tunes she's played on her excellent YouTube channel (from which I get much inspiration!) to enable she and I to play a "virtual duet". ...
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    A sensational find...

    Yesterday I was browsing through YouTube - as one does - and I stumbled across an incredibly beautiful song "Suantraí na hOíche" by Macdara Ó Faoláin. Everything about the recording had me...
  15. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

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  16. Re: Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    Just to mention a few other resources which I've found particularly useful over the years.

    Bill Black's Cape Irish website ... fantastic resource for browsing for tunes, both very well-known and...
  17. Re: Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    Thanks to Jon for allowing me to play mandolin alongside his excellent flute playing to add a little interest to one of my recent tune learning videos in my YouTube channel. (I deliberately added my...
  18. Re: Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    You too? I get it. Either they race ahead or they fall behind or sometimes they just introduce a random beat to throw me off-track.

    Aidan
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    Re: Sixpenny Money

    Hi Ed. I was lining up Sixpenny Money as one of the tune learning resources and, seeing your post, I bumped it up the list. "Dots", tab and sound file are all available at the "learn some tunes...
  20. Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    Just flagging a website which I came across recently which I've found really useful.

    Jon Antonsson, a flute player from Sweden, has some terrific resources at his website...
  21. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Hi Paul... He is, indeed, enjoying life in Manchester. Even though he's in lockdown, he at least has the ability there to socialise with the people in his house. so he feels less lonely than he...
  22. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Hi Paul...

    Apologies for not replying sooner.

    As chance would have it, my son lives in Manchester at the minute where he's studying and so - in non Covid times (remember them? even vaguely?) -...
  23. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Sorry I haven't replied sooner, Bren. Can't keep up with life at the moment! I'd strap in if you're going to give the podcast a listen - it's a lengthy ramble! But do please let me know what you...
  24. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Thanks so much, Greg, for the kind words. Much appreciated. It was quite nerve-racking prior to doing the interview. Darren explained beforehand that his approach is very unscripted and the...
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    Re: Surviving Lockdown

    You may indeed, sir. But I don't want to hijack your thread. So 'nuff said about that here. This is about you and the other guys in the band. Savage players, altogether!
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