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    Default Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel



    I've gotten totally addicted to this song, and I've got a question. Do you sing it in G and then play the reel in D, or both in D? I've noticed it seems to be done both ways
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    Wow.. interesting. I'm just learning this reel and I play it in D (I've never heard the ballad before). In this video, the first couple of times the fiddle player plays the reel, he plays in G - the final time he switches to D. Gives the sound some variety.
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    Default Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    We play this with our singer in the same key as the tune. It's part of a set of St. Anne's/Silver Spear/Miss Macleod's. iirc, our singer uses a capo on the guitar for the first two (he sings a verse, we all play St. Anne's through once, he sings another verse, we play again, he sings the third, we play and then go immediately into Silver spear) and tosses the capo away for Miss Macleod's. It's been one of our favorite sets.
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    Beautiful song ! Check on mandolessons.com Free !
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    Depends on how you want to play it.
    Here are two versions of Bonnie Tammie. Itís another tune that is also a song AND is also part of that marvelous tune collection on mandolessons.com


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1g2yf7WWGXs



    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U8yMs9HyGb4

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    Default Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Beautiful song ! Check on mandolessons.com Free !
    I already know the tune, (in fact I think I learned it from mandolessons...) I'm just figuring out how to arrange the sung portion. It would be so easy with an octave mandolin..... sigh
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
    Other instruments: way too many, and yet, not nearly enough.

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