Bob MacLean’s twenty-nine comments

  • Re: Jimmy Ward’s

    I have just worked up a solo guitar version of this using DADGAD tuning. Moved the key up to Bb (with a capo at fret 3) to accommodate other tunes, as well as sound on the guitar. On the guitar it’s wonderul in this key. more…

  • Re: The Wise Maid

    Wonderful tune - am working up a fingerstyle version using DADGAD tuning - should work pretty well and present some different sonic opportunities. Will likely change key to F to fit with some other tunes in the set. more…

  • Re: The Three Crowns

    John Walsh, a piper/ pipe maker from Antigonish, NS wrote “The Three Crowns”. more…

  • Re: The Traveller

    OK… I like this tune and play a solo arrangement of it on the guitar….. so, here is what I think MAY have happened with the name…. Someone penned a fabulous tune called the WALKER STREET HORNPIPE (Irish?) … This tune caught on and was played ex… more…

  • Re: A Tune For Frankie

    A friend saw my post on the 27/8 time. I went back to look at it. To my knowledge a jig is 6/8, a slip jig- 9/8. If someone is thinking this tune through as 27/8 time, I think someone is confusing phrasing for time sig. My CDN$ 0.02 worth. more…

  • 6/8 Moll Roe

    I see lots of 6/8 jig versions of this tune with three bar phrasing, so lending a slip jig feel to it nonetheless. We also follow it with Drops of Brandy and then Hardimans. more…

  • Not a Waltz

    While I appreciate Sarah’s suggestion to speed this up, as a fingerstyle guitar player, I play this one in an altered tuning (CGCGCD) and I slow it down considerably to about 116 per quarter note. It works out really well this way and, if playing with … more…

  • Set

    BTW, I also pair Out On The Ocean to follow the song Farewell To Tarwathie (sung in D, tune in G - makes a nice transition and appropriate finish) - all on Oct Mando. more…

  • Set

    I am learning Octave Mandolin and find this tune awesome when played on it in G as a slow jig…. I play Sporting Pitchfork (D) before it. Makes for a nice laid back pair. more…

  • Hornpipe?

    Just looking at the pick up bar and the ending of this tune and is sure suggests hornpipe to me rather than reel. Any comments from those who have played it a lot? more…