Irish

Swallowtail Jig Revised

This morning I was with a student who was struggling with the B part of Swallowtail Jig. If you have my book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, you can see how it’s tricky at that spot. For her, I changed two things to simplify the part. I changed the D# to a D natural. Most […]

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Out on the Ocean

Out on the Ocean is an Irish jig I noticed when I got the Patrick Mangan album, Farewell to Ireland.  I liked the sound of it. I found it in one of my books and had it on the music stand for a while. But, I didn’t really make it mine. There was one part […]

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Connaughtman’s Ramble

I saved space on the pages of my book by using footnotes and tidbits of tab. These one bar or less fragments were meant to be substituted when desired. In my many years of teaching I found that substituting a fragment, or a bar, was not an easy skill for most students. Now that I […]

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Road to Lisdoonvarna

Last year at this time, I was doing a little recording for Ricko Donovan. I have some counterpoint on his My Darling Asleep from the Lucky Sevens album. He told me that Lisdoonvarna has a meet up once a year that attracts hundreds of single men and women. Going to the big social gathering may […]

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Smash the Windows

Here is another tune from my book that I’m revising. A slightly simplified version replaces a couple of rolls and an idiosyncratic little walk up on the repeat of the B section. I’ve been penciling these changes in for my studio students. Now you can see what I do. The tune is also called Roaring […]

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