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    Old Time: Taylor Quickstep (F/C), Kennedy Rag (F), Sweet Marie (A), Jonah in the Windstorm (D), Sailing Over England (D)
    Québécois: Reel du Semeur (D), Reel du Pecheur (Bb), Reel St Joseph (D), Louis’ First Tune (G), La Tuque Bleue (F)
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    Just returned from The Centralia campout. Who knew my mandolin would sound so much at home playing with a traditional Cajun Band? My head and fingers are now abuzz with so many new tunes to learn. It seems the more old time tunes I master, the more I wonder if there are any musical boundaries to this increasingly sophisticated genre.

    Newcastle Texas (as unpredictably crooked as something by Thelonious Monk)
    Valley Forge (the throbbing melody reminds me more of Stravinsky than Appalachia)
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    +1 Kennedy Rag!
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    Where is music to Blake's March posted? I have been playing it by ear for some time, but not sure if I have it right. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by dulcillini View Post
    Where is music to Blake's March posted? I have been playing it by ear for some time, but not sure if I have it right. Thanks
    Is this the tune?


    (or direct link)

    If so, for written notation, I found these three options:

    1. An older MandolinCafe post with music notation, posted by member Mike Black in 2013.

    2. A rather detailed sheet music source, for fiddle apparently, is listed at Pete Showman's Tunes Page or direct link to the actual PDF sheetmusic file.

    3. The MandolinCafe TablEdit library has a page for Blake's March in TablEdit tab and standard notation. On that page, if you click where it says "Blake's March", you'll be able to download a TablEdit .tef file of the melody with MIDI 'guitar' backing, TablEdited by Mike Stangeland. The .tef file will work with either the TablEdit app or the free TEFview app, where you can playback the .tef file as MIDI sound while watching the scrolling sheetmusic and/or tab (you can choose which one you want to see) onscreen in the app. Has the usual TablEdit/TEFview handy features such as tempo adjustment (can slow it down for practice), also the ability to selectively mute either the melody or the 'guitar' accompaniment, etc. NFI in TablEdit, it's just a useful app that, apparently, a lot of people still use.


    I haven't yet tried to play any of the above 3 sheet music files on actual instruments, might do that later, I did give the TablEdit .tef file a quick listen though and my first impression is that it seems to be in good working order as far as I can tell.

    Seems like a cool tune.

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    I like this transcription on Tater Joe's site: scroll down to alphabetical to find Blake's March.
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    Still working on Wood chopper's Breakdown ! Been tough for these old fingers !
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    Still working on Woodchoppers Breakdown ! Been a tough one for me ! My 3000th post ! A few behind Jim Garber above !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Blake's March
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    I used to play both of those songs, Jim. I need to pick them up again as they are both great tunes. Did you go to Centralia this summer and, if so, did you pick up these tunes there?

    Here’s one I really wanna work on:

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

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    "O'Connell's Trip To Parliament", an Irish trad tune that fits surprisingly easily onto clawhammer banjo:


    (or direct link) NOTE that for the above accompaniment faux-'mandolin' CGDAE guitar, in order to keep up with the banjo I had to resort to only playing about half the usual melody notes, best I can do right now without further practice (or at my age now, might be the best I could do regardless of how much practice). Also, it ain't bluegrass, thus no "breaks" or "solos", although I might try that in some future version. Oh, and at 0:43 above, I sort of lost the melody for a moment, but as my old piano teacher taught me "if you make a mistake, just keep on playing, keep the rhythm and jump back in when you can" so that's what I tried to do. (Yeah, I know, the high-pitched capo'd-up guitar sounds too shrill, I seldom play it that way but I don't have a mandolin right now so "it is what it is" and it suffices, sort of, for mandolin practice, or at least mandolin scale-length and fingering practice... Although as far as fifths-tuned instruments I much prefer the more mellow-sounding lower-pitched octave-mandolin scale length as in video below.)

    An alternate earlier slower version below, this one actually has all the melody notes (and some impromptu variations) but it's my first try at playing this tune so it also has some boo-boos (duly noted as they occur) - melody on octave-GDAEB electric guitar, and trying out some different chords in Chordpulse backing. As to the pics below, I wasn't sure which parliament to send O'Connell to, so at 3:12 there are five different Parliaments to choose from, maybe one of them is the correct one. And it seems that this video's Mr or Ms O'Connell lives in a far-away region and has to travel numerous continents via steamboat, skiing, railroad, flying, sailboats, and... a... pirate ship? (such are the limitations of using only legal/free online clip art) Anyway, here's my earlier version of this tune on octave-GDAEB guitar and Chordpulse backing:


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    Addendas to my post above:

    • Here's the basic standard notation and printable PDF mandolin TAB for O'Connell's Trip To Parliament (you can look at that PDF in your browser, and also you can use that page's Download button to save the file for later, you do not have to log-in to anything). That notation is what I was loosely working from when I was first learning the tune - for the basic melody, anyway. I wrote out the repeats, so you don't have to decipher any repeat dots or anything, just play it straight through, but in essence there's really only 8 bars of notes to learn. As with any of this stuff, adapt/modify/embellish/improvise to suit.

    • If anyone uses the TablEdit app or TefView app, here's a downloadable tef-format version (skip the "we're sorry can't preview" blurb and just click or tap the Download button). This one *does* use repeat dots because I was too lazy to re-write the other bars (I always have a tough time getting anything done in TablEdit, compared to MuseScore which is what I use for most stuff nowadays) and I can never remember how to copy/paste in TablEdit. This is also just the melody, no guitar accompaniment, because the chords I prefer are undoubtedly not what most people would prefer so I just didn't add any chords.
    Last edited by JL277z; Oct-04-2019 at 2:22am. Reason: Trying to fix links.

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    One of my favourite fiddle tunes. I’d really like play it, but it would have to come out sounding like John Carty’s version. Not sure if it’s possible...
    Still sets me off with this crazy idea to try to (re)learn the fiddle

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    "I don't love nobody" by The Skillet Lickers. Great C tune with an Am bridge.
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    Dawg Daze ( yeah I'd call that a fiddle tune)
    Ashland Breakdown,
    heres Dixie Hoedown on the Weber Black Ice Octave

    "Mean Old Timer, He's got grey hair, Mean Old Timer he just don't care
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    That's some pretty nice playing there, Mr Sweeney. Do you also play mandolin? Going to have to take a close look at Dixie Hoedown.

    To Jim Roberts. No I picked up the Blake's March on this thread. And Chinquapin Hunting has long been on my list and finally got around to it recently. The A of CH is easy as pie. The second B has a slightly tricky end that melds back into the A without any rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    That's some pretty nice playing there, Mr Sweeney. Do you also play mandolin? Going to have to take a close look at Dixie Hoedown.
    Thanks Jim, yes I've been known to play the mandolin as well, can't really do Ashland or Dawg Daze on octave anyway, got hooked on that Dixie Hoedown, Phillips Grier and Flinner did it live up in Galway NY this summer.
    "Mean Old Timer, He's got grey hair, Mean Old Timer he just don't care
    Got no compassion, thinks its a sin
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