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    I'm not sure of the name of the tunes but one of them must have been, "Hey, Can You Close That Door?" At least that's what the family kept calling out as I was playing it.:p
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    See Saw Waltz
    A Minor Waltz
    Russian Marzurka
    (All great mandolin tunes composed by William Place Jr.)
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    In the Garden

    Blowin' in the Wind --- Did that one because I wanted to play the harmonica part w/it.

    Spartan Fight Song --- Learned it a couple of years before I went there for school.. but the OLD book that we got it out of had it listed as "The AGGIE FIGHT SONG" from pre-Spartan days when it was the 'Fighting Aggies' all the way. If any of you are from Lansing or went to MSU, you'll probably get a chuckle!


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    "...On the banks of the Red Cedar...!" Takes me back to my childhood, growing up in E.L. A Spartan fan forever.

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    <span style='color:purple'>Golden Slippers</span>
    <span style='color:red'>Soldiers Joy</span>
    <span style='color:orange'>Ashokan Farewell</span>

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    Amazing Grace (Mel Bay pocket book came with the case)
    Fade Away by the V-Roys
    Red Haired Boy.

    Funny how you can remember this stuff. (And then St. Anne's Reel, and then Arkansas Traveller....)

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    Thanks cafe... #This thread just made me smile with memories from 30 years ago and my dad teaching me my first three tunes...Devils Dream, Ragtime Annie and Golden Slippers. #


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    red haired boy
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    steampowered aereoplane

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    Sailors Hornpipe
    Arkansas Traveler
    3rd tune = ??

    I learned these in the 70's from a thin mando tab book. I can't remember who the author was It had a yellow cover and drawing/painting of a guy playing mando on the cover. I think I bought an accompaning full sized instruction LP that had all the tunes in the book on it.

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    COPPERHEAD ROAD
    BILLY (DYLAN)
    WORRIED MAN BLUES
    home in time for supper with some tales to tell

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    I honestly can't recall(?!#). The exuberance of youth ; the ravages of time ; too many nights, lights, cigarette smoke, liqour and women... - Ya' know..., at times I sure miss those days.... Well, anyhow... Moose.

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    Redemption Song -- Bob Marley
    The Golden Triangle -- The Austin Lounge Lizards
    Wilhelmus von Nassouwe -- the national anthem of the Netherlands (no kidding!)
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    In the Lone Star State

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    She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain
    Amazing Grace
    Banks Of The Ohio

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    soldiers joy
    old joe clark
    golden slippers

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    Worried Man Blues.
    Crooked Creek.
    Sittin' Alone In the Moonlight.

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    "Red Haired Boy"
    "Uncle Pen"
    "Blackberry Blossom"

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    Sally Gooden
    Blackberry Blossom
    Amazing Grace
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    Default Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    Ran into this thread, thought I might revitalize it

    Amazing Grace
    Cindy (Mandolessons - your first song)
    Arkansas Traveler (for my brother)

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    Whatever the first three in the Jack Tottle book were. Arkansas Traveler, probably Cripple Creek, maybe Blackberry Blossum.

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    Ba, Ba, Black Sheep
    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    Maids of the Morne Shore (tune used with Yeats' Sally Gardens)

    As I was mid 50's when I started, you might ask why nursery rhymes?
    I had no previous musical experience.
    I had to decide on tab or staff, and settled on staff because so much more music is available in that format.
    I had bought a cheap starter set with a Simon Mayor (UK) tutor, which good as it was, only uses his own tunes, which I didn't know.
    I needed tunes which I already knew, and we all have a wealth of them in our brains - nursery rhymes. So I ordered a book of piano music, and sat down.
    Just beginning, first I had to work out the notes and then the fingering: D D A A. Lights lit up, and I was on my way!
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    I don't know what was third. First two were Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Followed by Good King Wenceslas, which was also my first experience of learning to play by ear. A lot of trial and error involved, until I discovered where to find the fingering to give the note I wanted. The first phrase is incredibly simple, requiring just one fingered note from the left hand, the rest being open strings.

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    Come to think about it, does playing a scale while you sing out, "Do Re Mi....." count?

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    On Mandolin:
    Angeline the Baker
    Cluck Old Hen
    Golden Slippers

    I'm such a hack, I still play them anytime I play and have recently found my timing is way off on the B part of Golden Slippers, so I'm back to using the metronome on it. ACK!
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    Flowers of Edinburgh
    Red Haired Boy
    Over The Waterfall
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    If I recall correctly, I first learned Brown Eyed Girl, then Old Joe Clark, then Billy in the Lowground.

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