La Cosa Mulligan

La Cosa Mulligan

Would someone be kind enough to write out the chords for guitar back up for this great reel in D by Tommy Peoples please..?
It is listed here as: https://thesession.org/tunes/1665
I’ve investigated probably every known source (to me anyway) of the tune without success.
As a fiddle player, I don’t know how to transcribe guitar chords to a melody,
and I don’t have a “tame” guitar player handy to help me out..!!
Thank you.
Cheers.

Re: La Cosa Mulligan

That doesn’t appear to be the same tune, Gobby.

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“That doesn’t appear to be the same tune, Gobby”… Ooops… sorry!

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Those straight D, A chords would be fine along with inversions and double stop runs in D major or A major.

For further possible changes:
the A part seems very D, A.
If it’s a very small group playing I’d be tempted to go to the relative minor of the D (Bm) for the first measure at the beginning of the B part just because the first measure of the B part often means, ‘well you think that story was bad, this happened next’ or ‘and then we lost the mast’.
A quick jump to the relative minor of G (Em, meaning unstable alternative sad) then A and back to D major (solid ground) at the end of the B part is another possibility. (Meaning, ‘yes, it was tragic but we can handle it’.)
The C part is really interesting, with a neutral but dark ominous feeling. You could maybe put in the relative minor of A (F#m) at the beginning while carefully observing the other melody players.
If they’re in a experimental, exploratory, improv mood it might work.
Good luck!

D, Em, F#m G, A Bm C#dim

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@@sunrise – Yes, lots of possibilities for introducing more colour and building a more complex harmonic narrative. Thanks for the additional suggestions.

But might I suggest that you copy your comments across to the the tune page, to make comparison easier?

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Thank you folks for this helpful information.
The chords as supplied by CreadurMawnOrganig work well.
I’m using Strum Machine to help my timing on a lot of tunes.
After that I’ll venture into Atsunrise’s suggestions.
Again, thank you.