A Tune a Week?
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Things are looking up! Every now and again I will post a free mandolin learning resource and maybe post some recordings of whatever musical activity I might be up to. (Tune of the Week can't be guaranteed for now).


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TUNE OF THE WEEK

04/09/2021'The Unfortunate Cup of Tea'
Here's a well-know Irish reel. It's not the easiest tune for beginners, but if you have no experience playing Irish music you should just take your time and you will get some idea of how to do it. There's a very slow set of audio files included to help you get started (in the resources folder). The version below is the faster version - a quick recording so just take any sloppiniess as part of the tradition :-). Oh, and I can't supply this much detail every week - I'm starting to teach again in October!
4. Tea ALL FAST.mp3
Aidan Crossey has release the second edition of his 'The Irish Mandolin Tunebook' which is a great resource for the budding trad player. Indeed, the whole site is vital for anyone interested in the mandolin in Irish music. LINK HERE
(click to play)Someone asked me about this track. I played it on a south american instrument, the cuatro. The 'tune', a reel, makes a brief appearance and refers to an Irish tune (I can't remember the name). The rest is a 'jam'. Remember that, jamming? This isn't something that happens much in our tradition but some people are dabbling in it.

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This is the four polkas I posted recently. If they are too fast just use Windows Media Player to slow them down It's easy to do and there's no change of pitch.

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