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 Post subject: Mandolin
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:46 pm 
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I've been working on learning mandolin on-and-off for a few years. Mostly off. I've just picked it up again. My background includes Highland Bagpipes (i.e., Scottish, not ITM). My wife, a good violinist, has been working on fiddle, on-and-off, for decades. Since she retired, fiddle is getting more emphasis.

I play whistle and Scottish Smallpipes, and on some tunes she's written parts to accompany me. It's cool. We're /not/ trying to do Irish session playing. I feel like I need to repeat that because some people will probably feel compelled to learn me on authentic Irish session playing, even though I have no interest ;-)

What I do want to do is learn how to accompany fiddle tunes on mandolin.

I'm also learning to play Led Zep's Battle of Evermore. Funny thing: on the internet you can find any number of people who have figured out pretty detailed transcriptions. They've even transcribed and learned to play the tape-delay effect.

Anyway, if anyone has any good resources or advice for learning to accompany Irish and Scottish tunes on Mandolin (i.e., devising arrangements, not session playing), please share.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:43 pm 
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After years of playing the flute, attempting the fiddle and getting decent at a certain number of concertina tunes I too found the itch to take my old mandolin out of the closet. I'm playing tunes rather than accompaniment, being completely intimidated by the complexity of hearing and arranging chords. That seems funny to me since I can play melody lines by ear all day... But I would think if you are trying to play accompaniment you might dig out some of the early Andy Irvine performances on YouTube, though their stuff comes from the Irish Tradition. He and Donal Lunny seemed to go from bouzouki to mandolin occasionally back in the olden days. Freeland Barbour played bouzouki with the Scottish band Silly Wizard back in the day as well. Perhaps studying some of his recording might help you.


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