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    Does anyone know of a good recording of this song on mandolin or music for a mandolin? I have found a fair few recordings but they are full bands and I can't pick out the mandolin.
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    Default Re: Drunken Sailor

    Are you looking for the well known sea shanty ("What shall we do with the drunken sailor etc....") or the hornpipe of the same name (which is related to the song melody, but far more complex)?

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    The first, the Sea Shanty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    The first, the Sea Shanty.
    X: 1
    T: Drunken Sailor
    R: reel
    M: 4/4
    L: 1/8
    K: Edor
    B2BB B2BB|B2E2 G2B2|A2AA A2AA|A2D2 F2A2|
    B2BB B2BB|B2c2 d2e2|d2B2 A2F2|E4 E4 |
    B2BB B2BB|B2E2 G2B2|A2AA A2AA|A2D2 F2A2|
    B2BB B2BB|B2c2 d2e2|d2B2 A2F2|E4 E4 |]


    This black box should be the pdf, interesting though that the session.org ONLY has one setting of this shanty. I’ve heard a fair number of variations and there on the site there’s even a comment from one person looking for harmonised settings. None that I can find...

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    Quote Originally Posted by atsunrise View Post
    X: 1
    T: Drunken Sailor
    R: reel
    M: 4/4
    L: 1/8
    K: Edor
    B2BB B2BB|B2E2 G2B2|A2AA A2AA|A2D2 F2A2|
    B2BB B2BB|B2c2 d2e2|d2B2 A2F2|E4 E4 |
    B2BB B2BB|B2E2 G2B2|A2AA A2AA|A2D2 F2A2|
    B2BB B2BB|B2c2 d2e2|d2B2 A2F2|E4 E4 |]


    This black box should be the pdf, interesting though that the session.org ONLY has one setting of this shanty. Iíve heard a fair number of variations and there on the site thereís even a comment from one person looking for harmonised settings. None that I can find...

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Drunken Sailor.pdf 
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ID:	178058
    Thanks, and yes that is the problem I have. I haven't found anything else out there yet. I don't know if I have the ability to come up with one on my own but I can sure try. I need to find a played version I like. There are some good ones on youtube but like I mentioned they are full bands.
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    Default Re: Drunken Sailor

    Try checking out Katy Adelson playing it on YouTube, it's on fiddle but since the tuning is the same it's easy to pick out

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    Whistler I am going to start looking for the hornpipe as well if it is similar.
    Atsunrise thanks its a start, but I wonder why there isn't more out there. Maybe a bit too colorful for some? I don't know.
    Gunnar thanks I missed that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    Whistler I am going to start looking for the hornpipe as well if it is similar.
    It's a 5-part hornpipe. The first part is built on the same basic melodic theme but highly elaborated. The rest of the parts are quite different.

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    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

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    Here's my band doing it, the mandolin should be loud enough to pick out. It's a slightly modified version, but the main motif is unchanged.

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    I've arranged this for four mandolins or a mandolin a fiddle a concertina and a bouzouki, but haven't recorded it yet, and it's too much work to write out. I'll try to record it within a month though
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    This one of my favorites. I found it and several others on The Session.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TT1gMBWwMRI

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