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    I'm trying to get a collection of some good classic rock and modern rock tunes to learn.. I need a good 10-15 that are easy to teach people on the spot for jam sessions..
    any suggestions?
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    Wish you were here(title) by Pink Floyd
    Last dance with mary jane by Tom Petty and the Heart breakers
    Lightening crashes by Live
    All David gray especially "Sail away"
    Pretty woman by Roy Orbeson
    Nothing else matters By Mettalica
    Gimme one reason By Tracy Chapman??
    Layla By Eric Clapton
    Proud Mary By CCR(creedence clearwater revival)
    Dust in the WIND....

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    Try Louie, Louie, the one with the allegedly off-color lyrics.

    It's fun to practice it in any key- you just play the I-IV-and the minor of the V. For example in G you'd play G-C-Dm-C-G over and over.

    Except nobody in the Western Hemisphere knows the words.

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    What kind of jams? #If there's BG and hard core trad. country type players, they'll probably mangle up the riff-based type tunes ("Smoke On The Water", "Hoochie Coochie Man" etc.) by strumming open voiced major chords and destroying the groove. (i.e. Red Knuckles "In A Gadda Da Vida", but for real)

    fairly sure bets:
    "Honky Tonk Women"
    "Tequilla"
    "Mr. Tambourine Man"
    "Turn Turn Turn"
    "Brown Eyed Girl"
    "Margaritaville"
    "Gloria"
    "Stand By Me"


    (Best to stay away from "Thick As A Brick")

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    Well, not exactly their most known tune, but Neil Young and Crazy Horse doing "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" sure kicks pretty hard. E > A > D. From Tonight's The Night.

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    A lot of Eagles tunes can work well.
    Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
    Bob Seger has a few that work well
    Steve Miller Band tunes

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    Well, what rock tune doesn't work with mando?

    Lodi
    Almost anything by the Eagles
    Definitely anything by Dylan
    All the Dead stuff
    Stones: This Will be the Last Time and Dead Flowers
    Buddy Holly and Elvis has loads of stuff

    I heard someone do great Jame Brown
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    I can't believe I forgot Lynard Skinard (sp).. they have many easy and fun tunes like...Sweet home Alabama, Gimme 2 steps, Free Bird, and by all means Simple Man.




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    you can't forget the Almman Brothers Band. Any of there stuff is great.

    Mountain Jam
    Blue Sky
    Sweet Melissa
    Whipping Post(gotta have a good bass player though)

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    another great skynyrd tune for mando=-balad of curtis lowe
    others:
    the joker
    knockin on heaven's door
    gloria
    the weight
    not fade away
    evil ways (translates really nicely)

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    Speaking of Lynyrd Skynyrd, there are some great bluegrassy covers on the Lonesome Skynyrd Time recording by Larry Cordle. Great versions of Call Me The Breeze and I Know A Little - great blues form tunes!
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    ...Led Zep:

    1- That's the way
    2- Over the Hills and Far Away
    3- Going to California

    ...Guns n' Roses-

    Anything off the 2nd side of G n' R Lies.

    ...Iron Maiden

    666 The number of the Beast

    ...Megadeth

    Symphony of Destruction

    ...Bon Jovi

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    "Best Friend's Girl Friend" By The Cars
    "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" by the Eagles
    Anything off of Buffett's greatest hits...
    It probably should just be songs that your folks have heard a billion times...
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    Copperhead Road by Steve Earle. And it's a song driven by a mando riff.

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    Maggie May . . . possibly THE coolest mando/12-string guitar riffs in rock & roll.
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    How about Dance,Dance,Dance. Steve Miller Band!
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    Little Bit of Sympathy from Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs

    Three chord R&R at its finest.

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    allman bros- one way out
    georgia sattelites- keep your hands to yourself
    kentucky head hunters- dumas walkers
    slade- run run away
    stevie ray vaughn- pride and joy
    marshall tucker- cant you see
    ted nugent- great white buffalo
    zztop- sharp dressed man
    kiss- hard luck woman
    spinal tap- stonehenge ( has a great mando solo in the middle)
    metallica- whiskey in the jar
    thin lizzy- boys are back in town
    steve earle- copperhead road
    blackfoot-highway song
    blackfoot-spending cabbage
    johnny winter-rock and roll hootchie koo
    alice cooper- no more mr nice guy

    If ya need chord charts for these i can give ya the guitar chords you can transcribe to mando. just e-mail me

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    I'm glad this topic came up..

    Have been wondering if anyone is playing any of the Lynyrd Skynyrd songs off the 1994 Endagered Species album?

    Good acoustic album with great Mando on a lot of the song tracks....

    Am I Losin'
    All I Have is a song
    The Last Rebel

    Just three of the ones I would love to learn and was curious if anyone else has got these songs down...

    Have been trying some of the licks and have found that my real weekness is the right hand ( I guess I kinda knew that )



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    in my circles i find the stones, beatles, dylan, the dead, hank sr. & hot tuna to be good choices.

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    I find that Mandolin goes good with just about any rock song

    Gimme 3 steps was the first thing I played on the mandolin after the light clicked on about 1 1/2 years ago and I discovered that it was such an easy transition from guitar.

    Peace

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    Hey Joe
    Anything by CCR
    Not for the faint of heart or large circles, but Little Feat tunes rock, too.
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    the police- so lonely
    just c-g-a minor-f repeatedly with tempo change for chorus.- loads of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by
    stevie ray vaughn- pride and joy
    zztop- sharp dressed man
    johnny winter-rock and roll hootchie koo
    Those are no "beginnner jam" tunes, not on the mandolin if you intend to have it sound convincing. Lots of doublestops, split strings, position changing. (Better work on your Mazas, Rovelli and Kruetzer doublestop etudes for violin to get prepped). And then try singing "Rock N Roll Hoochie" while doing Winter's guitar part on mando - that's mentally juggling two totally different rhythms on top of the LH workout. You'll feel your brain stretch if it doesn't actually go ahead and tear.

    Allman's "One Way Out" is a different story - get on that single note line guitar riff. Changing positions will make it sound better than staying in open, also added a few chokes on the notes here and there too.

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    Going way out on a limb, it occurs to me that for someone with a taste for creating mandolin arrangements, a couple of Who tunes might work brilliantly, "Going Mobile," say, or "Love Ain't for Keeping."

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