Easy tunes (mostly) for you to learn
and enjoy playing along to during these tricky times.

In 'normal' times I teach mandolin, bouzouki and guitar. Obviously, that's not possibly right now. However, when I do have classes and students I often prepare new music for them so I decided to keep producing resources to encourage them to stay interested in their mandolin playing.

  • FREE traditional music resources designed for the budding mandolin player.

  • Learn to play with other musicians - prepare your mandolin pals for a session once this virus is dealt with.

  • Think of these resources as kits for small string groups and classes.

  • Guitarists and bouzouki-ists will also learn a few tricks.

  • A selection of audio files will help you learn.

  • A PDF document/book that you can print out or view on your computer or device. These documents are laid out for the convenience of solo players, tablature readers and especially for small groups who may want the tunes and parts presented in different forms. YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO PRINT OUT THE LOT - just pick the pages that are useful to you, or better still just view them on a screen and save a few twigs.

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TUNE OF THE WEEK

  • Week 20 The Old Tune 07/03/2021.
    Another old Scottish tune and the last of the slow ones. An interesting tune. No idea where I found it. The next tunes will be from the Aird's collection of 1784 (app?)
7. Old Tune BIGGER MIX.mp3
The Wolf's MarchSomeone asked me about the track below. 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.
Wolfs march.mp3
  • The Lockdown Polkas.
    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.
Lockdown Polkas.mp3

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