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Old Joe Clarke

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Below is a video of my arrangement of “Old Joe Clarke,” on one mandolin. This tune has been a staple in old-time jam sessions for over a hundred years. Although originally written for the fiddle this song is very accessible on all stringed instruments. For all you players out there, stay posted for guitar tracks, slowed down versions, and tabs.

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Temperance Reel on J.Bovier A-4

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

This mandolin lends itself to playing melodies and rhythms with sustaining notes. This is part due to the oval hole, and part just good construction and tone. I like how it sounds on some traditional Irish tunes, below is a video with me playing The Temperance Reel.

If people are interested I would be happy to post chords and notation for this arrangement.

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G licks for the Bluegrass Guitarist.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Below are some tabs for some nice G runs that sound great in bluegrass music. I will post a video of me playing them, even without that the tabledit software makes it capable to listen to the Midi. I have them split into four exercises I discuss in more detail below.

Clarence White influenced

Ex 1. I took this straight from Clarence White, it is also the beginning of Huckleberry Hornpipe. There is a nice pull-off, this run can be played with more left hand techniques like hammering on. Try to mix it up some to give it your own voice

Ex 2. Very similar to example one with a slight variation and a 2nd measure. After a quarter note pause you need to do some string skipping (going from an open G string to the A string fretted at Bb) so start this one at a slow tempo.

Ex 3. A “floatie” run having open strings vibrating against fretted notes. I found this particular riff myself, it sounds best over a G7. Left hand must stay out of the way of your high e string.

Ex 4. The third position is a fun one to play with in the key of G. 1st finger on the 3rd fret B string (D note) 3rd finger on the D string 5th fret (G note) with the open G string to drone under your 3rd finger. Experiment with it and trust your ear. Again, keep fingers from dampening open strings to give a full harp-like sound.

G licks audio

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Some tabs for major scales, lesson #1 for the beginner

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Below is a video of my playing through some scales commonly used in mandolin music utilizing open strings.

G, C and D major

Pg.2

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This is a favorite of mine, “Whiskey Before Breakfast.”

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Below is a video of me playing an arrangement of, “Whiskey Before Breakfast.” I am playing it full speed here. If there is interest I would be happy to post tabs.

This tunes seems to come up a lot at jam sessions so it is a good one to have a simple lead part worked out too. Enjoy, questions and comments welcome.

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Some C licks tabbed for mandolin.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Some licks in the key of C for mandolin

Enjoy

 

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Tribute to legends of Mandolin, Ronnie McCoury edition

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I am posting videos of me attempting to emulate styles and/or tunes of the greats. Here is a tribute to the tasteful tone master Ronnie McCoury.

This is an original tune of his I learned from his Homespun instructional video I encourage any mandolin player to check out.

Stay posted for more to come. Questions and comments always welcome.

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Mandolin trick #9, melodic cross-picking in the key of C

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

This is a variation of something I first heard the late great Jethro Burns play. If Jethro were still around he would remind us he was only late to gigs, and rarely on time for anything else. His humor and stage presence could almost hold a candle to his amazing playing. Although holding a candle while playing sure does make it hard.

On a more serious note, Jethro Burns’ brilliant sense of time shined through in his playing as well as in his infectious sense of humor. Telling jokes that get genuine gut-busting laughter is closely related to playing and evoking other emotions through one’s musical instrument. Both are dependent on fractions of a second. A great joke is timed perfectly as is a great solo.

Today seemed as good a day as any to pay homage to my favorite mandolin player and 6th favorite stand up comedian. With the help of Mel Bay and Ken Eidson, Jethro shared tons of knowledge about his revolutionary approach to mandolin. Jesse McReynolds might have spent more time cross-picking his mandolin, but this time I am emulating Jethro. I find the lick sounds good on jazzier numbers, for example I play it in the stop time of the standard “After You’ve Gone,” in…you guessed it, C major.

I find this lick sounds best over C, Cmaj7, C6, Am, Am7, G7, and even F and Dm7. Each application will have a different tonal flavor. This is a loose copy of Jethro’s, make your own copy of mine in the video, and you got yourself an original run you came up with all by yourself.

Tab and notation will be posted in the future. Ask questions if you got em. Enjoy. To quote Jethro’s friend and guitar legend Chet Atkins, “It’s easy you see, if you practice.”

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Sweet Georgia Brown backtrack in F

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the first recording in a series of backtracks I will be posting to my site. The tracks are meant to be played along to as practice for musicians tackling any instrument. I am in 440 tuning at 96bp, playing the song “Sweet Georgia Brown,” in the key of F which cromatically walks down to a D7 then goes around the circle of 5th’s in the A part. Here are the chords I am playing.

F, D7, G7, C7, Fmaj7, A7

The B part starts the same, deviates from the original melody, then has a turnaround

F, D7, G7, Dm, A7, Dm, A7, turnaround which is
F, D7, G7, C7 each held for 2 beats resolving back to F. This is called a 1-6-2-5 turnaround. Or I-VI7-II7-V7

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Prisoner’s Waltz composed by David Grisman Performed by Jake and Jeff Cohan

Friday, April 6th, 2012

This is a tune written by David Grisman. The Dawg’s music is so unique he got his own genre, and he deserve’s it. This is a more traditional sounding tune.

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