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    I came across this very unusual version of Whiskey for Breakfast, I think it is great!

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    I love the playing. What's the instrument? Is he in some open tuning? Since he's solo and not singing, why the capo--Maybe to lessen the stretches needed?

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    interesting, capo 5 puts his version of Whiskey Before Breakfast in F minor and Redhaired Boy in C. Sounds like normal tenor tuning to me.
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    Oh, it’s a song. I was hoping that whiskey for breakfast was a tip that would improve my playing.
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    Wouldn't that be nice? I believe the correct spelling is "Whiskey 'Fore Breakfast," a contraction of "Before," as the musician's title indicates, in order to fit the meter.


    Early one morning ‘fore the sun could shine
    I was walkin’ down the street, not feelin’ so fine
    I saw two old men with a bottle between ’em
    And this is the song that I heard them singin’

    Chorus
    Saints preserve us and protect us
    We been drinkin’ whiskey ‘fore breakfast

    I passed by the steps where they were a’ sittin’
    I couldn’t believe how drunk they were gettin’
    I said “Old men you been drinkn’ long?”
    “Long enough to be singin’ this song”

    They handed me a bottle, said, “Take a little sip”
    And it felt so good, I just couldn’t quit
    So I took a little more, next thing I knew
    There were three of us sittin’ there singin’ this tune

    One by one everybody in town
    Heard our ruckus and they all came down
    Pretty soon all the streets were a-ringin’
    With the sound of the whole town laughin’ and singin’
    But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. - Dennis Miller

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    Here's the version sung by Mike Cross (in the 80s I think)


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    I did a little detective work. He's got 8 videos on YouTube, 6 playing regular guitar, and 2 with this borrowed and capoed TG. Nothing about him playing mando. So I'd guess that he's playing in "Chicago" tuning. And that the capo is to reduce LH stretches.

    The TG is an "Artist" brand. Appears to be available in the UK, but not the US, at least not under that brand name.

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    This is a great band version with mando and lyrics …..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine Robins View Post
    The TG is an "Artist" brand. Appears to be available in the UK, but not the US, at least not under that brand name.
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    You folks are playing the wrong tune. Here's 'Whisky For Breakfast" by Robin Laing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivIFaaDNux4

    Our guide introduced it to us on our Speyside whisky tour. A lovely time was had by all.
    Not all the clams are at the beach

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    You folks are playing the wrong tune. Here's 'Whisky For Breakfast" by Robin Laing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivIFaaDNux4

    Our guide introduced it to us on our Speyside whisky tour. A lovely time was had by all.
    Robin Laing plays a different tune to one of the names of the old standard "Whisky Before Breakfast," credited to Andy DeJarlis, a popular Metis fiddler from Manitoba, and the first to record it before Robin Laing or any of these other folks were born. Whether he actually composed the tune is debated. According to "The Session" names for the same tune include: The Scotsman, Spirits In The Morning, Whiskey ‘Fore Breakfast, Whiskey For Breakfast, and Whisky Before Breakfast. If anyone has any evidence that the tune existed before Andy recorded it in 1957-58, please let me know. (I mean a record or tune book or some such thing, not "my great-great-great-grandfather used to play that in Killarney back in the 1880's.")

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RZ2...nnel=BPMONKMAN

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    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Ranald,

    Did you listen to Robin Laing?

    Humor is often a ship that passes in the darkness of night.
    Not all the clams are at the beach

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    You folks are playing the wrong tune. Here's 'Whisky For Breakfast" by Robin Laing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivIFaaDNux4

    Our guide introduced it to us on our Speyside whisky tour. A lovely time was had by all.
    Robin Laing plays a different tune to one of the names of the old standard "Whisky Before Breakfast," credited to Andy DeJarlis, a popular Metis fiddler from Manitoba, and the first to record it before Robin Laing or any of these other folks were born. Whether he actually composed the tune is debated. According to "The Session" names for the same tune include: The Scotsman, Spirits In The Morning, Whiskey ‘Fore Breakfast, Whiskey For Breakfast, and Whisky Before Breakfast. If anyone has any evidence (tune books, recordings, written references) that the tune existed before DeJarlis recorded it in 1956 or '57, please let me know. "My great-great-grandmother used to play that one in Killarney in the 1880's," doesn't count. I have yet to see any proof of the tune's previous existence, but I'm curious.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RZ2...nnel=BPMONKMAN

    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    Ranald,

    Did you listen to Robin Laing?

    Humor is often a ship that passes in the darkness of night.
    Yes, I did. Humour is often a ship that founders when launching.
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    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Apologies for posting the same message twice (#11&13). I'm not sure how that happened.
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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