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tunebook 55 tunes.

I’m a fiddler living in Raleigh. NC. I’ve been playing classical violin for ~25 years and Irish traditional music for 11. I promise I don’t play them at the same time.

I’m also a passable violist (as long as I’m not reading alto clef), a terrible mandolin player, and have recently picked up tenor banjo. Any tune recommendations for beginner banjoists would be much appreciated!

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It doesn’t seem cool to post your own compositions in the tunes database. I don’t have a huge tune repertoire in my head nor do I have tunes/variations in mind that aren’t already out there, but I have composed a couple of tunes. I’d like to share them but I don’t want to step on any toes or anything, so I’ll post them here.

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I started playing Irish music while at Appalachian State University after taking a trip to Ireland for a very brief exchange program. I didn’t find many sessions back home in our small mountain town, so I floundered a bit on my own until I went to FSU. The ITM scene is big there and I was lucky enough to start working with an excellent fiddle teacher early on. She encouraged me to write a few tunes for FSU’s Irish Music Ensemble. Here’s the first one; a jig called the Mountaineer (which also happens to be App State’s mascot… see what I did there?).

X: 1
T: The Mountaineer
C: Catherine Hall
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:~A,3 A,=CD | ~E3 EFG | AGE GEC | ~B,3 =CA,G, |
~A,3 A,=CD | ~E3 EGA | =cBA GED | =CA,G, A,3 :|
|: ~A3 Ace | ~g3 age | dcA EFG | ABA AcB |
~A3 Ace | ~g3 agb | age dcA | EFG A3 :||

I’m less happy with the second tune – sometimes I feel like it really wants to be a jig instead of a slip jig. As you can see I’m a fan of A mixolydian (without even realizing it – these tunes were written months, possibly years apart). Mary Gilligan was my grandmother.

X: 1
T: Mary Gilligan’s
C: Catherine Hall
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: A=cB ABA AGE | E2F ~G3 G2B | A=cB ABA AGE |
[1 d2f edB A2B :|| [2 d2f edB Ace ||: ~a3 b^ge edf | e2f g2f e2^g |
~a3 b^ge edc | [1 d2f edB Ace:|| [2 d2f edB AGB ||

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