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  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerAll Through the Night (Ar Hyd y Nos) 4 Variations 
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Notes: A much-loved Christmas song and harp melody is ‘Ar Hyd y Nos’, known in choral music internationally as ‘All through the Night’.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertAll Through the Night (Ar Hyd y Nos) 4th Variation 
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Notes: In memory of Bill Keith, here is a lovely Welsh air in Celtic fingerstyle that can be played as a Christmas tune.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: Am  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertAnach Cuain (Air/Lament) 
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Notes: The famous Irish air and lament about an 1828 boating accident near Galway town, based on Dolly MacMahon's sean-nos version in A Dorian. This is a highly ornamented setting for advanced players, similar to the arrangements one can find in my first tune collection, Mel Bay's Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo. This tune can also be played in 3/4 and in 6/8, as a jig, known as 'The Sheep in the Boat' (Junior Crehan).
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerAnach Cuain (E Dorian/Beginner) 
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Notes: Moved from the standard A Dorian to E Dorian, this is a beginner version of the famous Irish air and lament. I've added fretting-hand fingerings.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertAnach Cuain (Irish slow air) 
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Notes: This arrangement is based on the sean-nós version sung by the lovely Dolly MacMahon. It's in the key signature of G, but that's misleading because it's sometimes A Dorian (as sung here), or, on the uilleann pipes (same key signature), which sounds less like A Dorian and more like D Mixolydian.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: Am  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerAnach Cuain / A Dorian 
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Notes: This is a beginner's arrangement like one would find in my most recent tune collection, Mel Bay's Easy Irish & Celtic Melodies for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes. Here is a bare bones arrangement of the famous Irish air and lament about an 1828 boating accident near Galway town, based on Dolly MacMahon's sean-nos version in A Dorian. It can also be played in 3/4 and in 6/8, as a jig, known as 'The Sheep in the Boat' (Junior Crehan). Compare this arrangement with the highly ornamented version of 'Anach Cuain' (Air/Lament), for advanced players.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateAngeline the Baker (D) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 1/21/2010 10:58:29 AM
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Notes: Here's a bluegrassy version of this old-time tune, in standard G tuning, a fiery melodic version based loosely on fiddler Stuart Duncan's variations with the Nashville Bluegrass Band. I have tried to keep the melody flowing at all times, adding fill notes while keeping the main notes in the usual places, using slides, syncopation, pinches and pull-offs to keep it in the bluegrass camp.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateBlackberry Blossom Jig 
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Notes: I thought it would be fun to come up with a jiggy 6/8 arrangement for Blackberry Blossom, the well-known fiddle tune. This has some interesting ornamentation in the B part, as well. Enjoy!
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateBlackberry Blossom Waltz 
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Notes: I've put in some fretting-hand fingerings, which I don't normally do. This one is tricky. It's not Old Time, and it's not exactly Bluegrass. But it is a melody, the way I hear and feel it, as a waltz and as a slow air (with rubato). I have added optional fermatas, but these only come into play when one is slowing it way down (not as the country waltz).
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Difficulty: IntermediateBuffalo Nickel 
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Notes: Here is a Celtic fingerstyle setting using Double D tuning (Double C-Capo II) for the Old Time reel that goes under interchangeable titles. The titles create confusion since there are two main branches in Old Time and further regional, local and bluegrass variants. The A Part is pretty close in most versions with one noticeable variation – either dipping down to an A-note or rising up to F# in the second and sixth measures. (Here I dip down to the A-note in the sixth measure.) This variation is found in both Old Time and Bluegrass versions and a G chord is sometimes played in these spots (as I do here). It’s in the B Part (fifth and sixth measures) where the melodic contour branches in one of two directions – either dipping down from the fifth (A) to the tonic (D)/D chord, or, as Paul Warren played it (New Five Cents), using a G-note double-stop with a B-note)/G chord, then up to an A-note/A chord and moving upwards happily in major second intervals. Many (but not all) Old Time versions (‘New Five Cents’, ‘Ruffled Drawers’ or ‘Buffalo Nickel’) tend to keep dipping down to the low D-note/D chord and use fewer chords than Bluegrass versions which are based on Paul Warren’s version. This setting uses a lot of fretting-hand ornamentation and makes for a lovely hornpipe.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateCarolan's Draught 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 6/30/2014 5:49:26 AM
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Notes: Similar to the rendition on my recording for Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo, and in my BHO Music Files. Note fretting-hand fingerings: index (i), middle (m), ring (r), and pinky (p) fingers. I could have used (l) for little finger, but it looks too much like the "i" for index, so I opted for "p" (pinky).
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerColored Aristocracy (Breakdown) 
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Notes: I have this exact tab recorded note-for-note in the BHO music files, played to a piano backing track so that I could put in bass movement and chords in order for the syncopated figures to be heard against the normal downbeats and strong beats. I also play this with a considerable amount of swing (bounce) which gives the tune an even more syncopated feeling. This is a cakewalk, similar to ragtime, though it could be sped up and played as a driving breakdown. Playing tip: as tempo increases, the more the bounce (degree of swing) tends to even out. The focus here is to demonstrate syncopation and accenting in Scruggs-style picking. Big thanks to Taj Mahal for this lovely tune.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerColored Aristocracy (Cakewalk) 
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Notes: I have this exact tab recorded note-for-note in the BHO music files, played to a piano backing track so that I could put in bass movement and chords in order for the syncopated figures to be heard against the normal downbeats and strong beats. I also play this with a considerable amount of swing (bounce) which gives the tune an even more syncopated feeling. This is a cakewalk, similar to ragtime, though it could be sped up and played as a driving breakdown (see other tab). Playing tip: as tempo increases, the more the bounce (degree of swing) tends to even out. The focus here is to demonstrate syncopation and accenting in Scruggs-style picking. Big thanks to Taj Mahal for this lovely tune.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateDevil's Dream (Bill Keith) 
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Notes: Bill Keith played this live at the Eagle Tavern in New York on March 20, 1988. Capo II to play in A.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: Bm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateEarl's Chair, The 
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Notes: These are A-Part Fretting and Picking-Hand exercises for the tune which appears (as a beginner version in its entirety) in my recent Mel Bay Book/CD compilation, Easy Irish & Celtic Session Tunes for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Jigs and Reels (MB21597BCD).
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateEighth of January 
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Notes: Originally known as 'Jackson's Victory' (while he was still popular) and later changed to the 'Eighth of January', we also know this favorite tune as the melody or "air" to the 'Battle of New Orleans'. Notice the Celtic-sounding drones and raggy syncopation I have put into the second part to give it more lift. I use a lot of staccoto-single-string work in the second part to capture the melody down the neck, but it could also be played an octave higher in a more legato-melodic style.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateEighth of January 
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Notes: This is a Scruggsy version of the tune; please also see my two other more melodic/single-string versions, one in D Major, another in G Major.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerEighth of January 
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Notes: See my melodic version in D and my Scruggsier version in G. Originally known as 'Jackson's Victory' (while he was still popular) and later changed to the 'Eighth of January', we also know this favorite tune as the melody or "air" to the 'Battle of New Orleans'. Notice the Celtic-sounding drones and raggy syncopation I have put into the second part to give it more lift. I use a lot of staccoto-single-string work in the second part to capture the melody down the neck, but it could also be played an octave higher in a more legato-melodic style.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Other  Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertEighth of January 
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Notes: For Paddy Kiernan, who proved to me about reaching top speed with accuracy using 21st-century picking-hand fingerings. I've also tabbed this here in D and G (both melodic/single-string), also a Scruggsy version (G), and now this one in Drop C tuning, dedicated to Bill Keith.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Difficulty: ExpertEighth of January 
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Notes: Here I make (1) “melismatic variations” in the form of grace notes, using slides and pull-offs, (2) “intervallic variations” by moving away from the normal melody, substituting higher and lower notes, also developing a series of either ascending or descending note patterns, and (3) “rhythmic variations” in the form of syncopation, also by making two eighth notes a quarter note (as in the first full measure), or by making a quarter note two eighth notes (as in measures 6 and 10, on the third beat). The pinches, sometimes straight, sometimes syncopated, serve as examples of combined intervallic-rhythmic variation. I have doubled the parts, also breaking them up into units of four measures each, indicated by a heavy bar line, putting in variations that sound good to me after all these years playing the tune. Within the A and B sections, the order of parts can be moved around any way you want, but here I start with the simple before moving to the more complex. One can go back to playing the tune’s structure as AB, instead of doubling both sections. The tune structure here is actually A1, A2, A3, A4; B1, B2, B3, B4. These are not the only variations, obviously, but these are what I like to hear and play. It’s about playing the sounds that you want to hear, not about playing variations just to play them, or an abstract exercise.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Difficulty: IntermediateFisher's Hornpipe 
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Notes: Okay, here's a tune from my very first book (Limited Printing First Edition - 1994), in manuscript form: 25 Traditional Irish & Celtic Tunes. I expanded that book and made a CD, at the request of Bill Bay, to produce: Mel Bay’s Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateFollow the Leader (Reno & Smiley) 
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Notes: This is based on the original Reno & Smiley recording. It's heavily syncopated and very striking: Reno accented a lot of melody notes on the offbeats, also brushing with his thumb, letting the banjo ring into the downbeat, and his staccato single-string work is legendary stuff, a bold stylistic departure from Earl's approach. This is one of Reno's signature tunes, perhaps his answer to Scruggs' 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'. (See page 1 and 2.)
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: G  Difficulty: IntermediateGarryowen 
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Notes: This in an original tuning, f#EGBD (Hanway Celtic E Modal).
  Genre: Jazz  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertHow High the Moon (Advanced) 
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Notes: Great jazz tune, here using voice-leading, with harmony notes underneath and melody on top. It's a very straight version of the "head." Another version uses chord arpeggios, rolling through the chords, but not concerned with stating the melody, just playing around it for fun! Enjoy!
  Genre: Jazz  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateHow High the Moon (Arpeggios) 
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Notes: Great jazz tune, here using chord arpeggios, rolling through the chords, but not concerned with stating the melody, just playing around it for fun! I have two others (intermediate and advanced) using voice-leading, with harmony notes underneath and melody on top. Both are very straight versions of the "head." Enjoy!
  Genre: Jazz  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateHow High the Moon (Intermediate) 
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Notes: Great jazz tune, here using voice-leading, with harmony notes underneath and melody on top. It's a very straight version of the "head." I also have an advanced version of this using fuller chords. Another version uses chord arpeggios, rolling through the chords, but not concerned with stating the melody, just playing around it for fun! Enjoy!
  Genre: Jazz  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertHow High the Moon (standard) 
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Notes: This is the standard notation and chords to my tablature setting, How High the Moon (Advanced).
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateJohnny Has Gone to France 
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Notes: This is a lovely reel that I find works beautifully in between 'The Man of the House' and 'The Cameronian', here presented in Celtic fingerstyle.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateJohnny Has Gone to France (1st Variations) 
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Notes: Similar to my original setting, here I include intervallic variation (both parts) and rhythmic variation, incorporating a string of triplets in the B part. The "short" (fiddle) rolls or graced triplets in the first part of my first setting are now replaced by a pair of 16th notes and an 8th note, and are typical Scottish fiddle ornaments used for reels and hornpipes. This tune could be turned into a Scottish strathspey by inserting Scots snaps (reverse dotted pairs) and dotted-eighth-note combinations.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerLittle Rabbit 
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Notes: Here is a Scruggsy arrangement for the OT tune, with some melodic and Celtic-style flourishes.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMaid Behind the Bar, The (standard) 
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Notes: Here is an almost bare bones arrangement (standard notation) for the traditional reel in D major. Notice how I use an F# in spots (not the usual B-note). I've also changed a commonly played triplet (B-part) to two 16th notes followed by an 8th note, which has more punch, less bounce, than the triplet. It's called a "treble" no matter how it is notated.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)  Key: G  Tuning: Tenor Irish (GDAE)  Difficulty: IntermediateMason's Apron - Co. Clare version 
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Notes: In gratitude to Mike Keyes. This version (G) is based on Micho Russell's (Co. Clare) tin whistle version in F.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMason's Apron, The 
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Notes: This Celtic fingerstyle version (G) is based on Micho Russell's (Co. Clare) tin whistle version in F. It has a unique lilt to it, and the idea here is to play a relaxed two-part version that stands on its own and can go with other tunes.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMusic for a Found Harmonium 
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Notes: This quirky tune from the Penquin Cafe Orchestra has found its way into mainstream Irish and Celtic music as a reel. I've put it back to its original keys, and it can be capoed up two or four frets.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMusic for a Found Harmonium 
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Notes: I now have a harmony part for this, tab to follow. I had put it back to its original keys, and it can be capoed up two or four frets. Start with capo 2 for Irish Trad sessions because it begins and ends in the key of D. It's easy on the 5-string, and it’s a fabulous tune closert, a real crowd-pleaser. It works for Sharon Shannon among others.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: ExpertMusic for a Found Harmonium (Harmony) 
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Notes: Music for a Found Harmonium (Harmony), pages 1 and 2.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMusic for a Found Harmonium (PCO standard version) 
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Notes: Here's a snapshot standard arrangement that matches my tab of the same tune based on the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra version.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMusic for a Found Harmonium (PCO tab version) 
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Notes: Here's a snapshot tab arrangement that matches my standard version of the same tune based on the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra version.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: D  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMusic for a Found Harmonium (Shannon standard) 
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Notes: I play this on the 5-string in a dropped C-tuning, capoed up two frets. But it works on tenor banjo, and a variety of tunings can be used. Which instrument and tuning suits your style best?
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Key: D  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateMusic for a Found Harmonium (Shannon tab version) 
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Notes: Now popular in Irish trad, this setting is based on Sharon Shannon's version. Notice the trebles.
  Genre: Traditional  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: IntermediateNew Five Cents (Ruffled Drawers) 
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Notes: Here is the setting (for my mp3) using Double D tuning (Double C-Capo II) for ‘New Five Cents’, the Old Time reel that goes under interchangeable titles. The titles create confusion since there are two main branches in Old Time and further regional, local and bluegrass variants. The A Part is pretty close in most versions with one noticeable variation – either dipping down to an A-note or rising up to F# in the second and sixth measures. This variation is found in both Old Time and Bluegrass versions and a G chord is sometimes played in these spots. It’s in the B Part (fifth and sixth measures) where the melodic contour branches in one of two directions – either dipping down from the fifth (A) to the tonic (D)/D chord, or, as Paul Warren played it (New Five Cents), using a G-note double-stop with a B-note)/G chord, then up to an A-note/A chord and moving upwards happily in major second intervals. Many (but not all) Old Time versions (‘New Five Cents’, ‘Ruffled Drawers’ or ‘Buffalo Nickel’) tend to keep dipping down to the low D-note/D chord and use fewer chords than Bluegrass versions which are based on Paul Warren’s version.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateRickett's Hornpipe 
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Notes: This is for Bill Keith, my hero, friend and mentor. Here is a legato arrangement in Celtic Fingerstyle (G tuning, no capo), not unlike Bill Keith's bluegrass version but adding rhythmic and melismatic ornamentation in the form of triplets and double cuts (double-grace notes). Enjoy!
  Genre: Traditional  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: IntermediateRuffled Drawers (New Five Cents) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 6/9/2015 10:48:40 AM
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Notes: Here is a straightforward setting using Double D tuning (Double C-Capo II) for the Old Time reel that goes under interchangeable titles. The titles create confusion since there are two main branches in Old Time and further regional, local and bluegrass variants. The A Part is pretty close in most versions with one noticeable variation – either dipping down to an A-note or rising up to F# in the second and sixth measures. This variation is found in both Old Time and Bluegrass versions and a G chord is sometimes played in these spots. It’s in the B Part (fifth and sixth measures) where the melodic contour branches in one of two directions – either dipping down from the fifth (A) to the tonic (D)/D chord, or, as Paul Warren played it (New Five Cents), using a G-note double-stop with a B-note)/G chord, then up to an A-note/A chord and moving upwards happily in major second intervals. Many (but not all) Old Time versions (‘New Five Cents’, ‘Ruffled Drawers’ or ‘Buffalo Nickel’) tend to keep dipping down to the low D-note/D chord and use fewer chords than Bluegrass versions which are based on Paul Warren’s version.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerSpeed the Plough 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 5/3/2016 5:19:21 AM
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Notes: 'Speed the Plough' is a very old traditional tune that has morphed into many other tunes. This is for 5-string banjo enthusiasts who love a good fiddle tune from the days of yore.
  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: IntermediateSteel Guitar Rag (Scruggs-1953) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 2/21/2016 9:58:49 AM
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Notes: Scruggs's version from the Martha White Radio Show, June 1953.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerSwallowtail Jig, The 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 4/16/2013 2:32:39 AM
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Notes: The prototype Tom Hanway Stelling Swallowtail is named for this jig, also the reel, and the book Swallow Barn. Here's the whole tune in E Dorian mode with melodic and rhythmic variations using grace notes, plus some picking-hand options.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerSwallowtail Jig, The (Opening Phrase) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 4/10/2013 2:40:23 PM
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Notes: This is an exercise in Celtic fingerstyle banjo illustrating possible melodic variations for the opening phrase of this jig, also comfortable fretting-hand and picking-hand options. This is in E Dorian (a mode using the same notes as D Major).
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateTake Five 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 5/16/2015 6:33:44 PM
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Notes: This tune has found its way into Irish traditional music circles, and I play it regularly with James Wickham (button accordion) at the Cryan's session in Carrick on Bannow, Co. Leitrim. James and I have moved it up to Em in a tune medley, followed by 'Ships are Sailing' and then a tune in D, depending, sometimes 'St. Anne's Reel' or 'The Maid Behind the Bar'. It always goes over well with the punters.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateTemperance Reel (The Teetotaller) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 7/14/2014 6:36:31 AM
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Notes: This transcription is pretty close to the setting I used for Mel Bay's Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo (1998). The notes are the same, but the fingerings are slightly different.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateThe Maid Behind the Bar 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 2/11/2013 1:07:04 PM
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Notes: These are variations on the first four measures in Celtic fingerstyle banjo.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateThe Silver Spire 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 7/7/2014 8:49:05 AM
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Notes: Here's the very popular reel which I played up-the-neck at slow speed for beginners on Easy Irish and Celtic Session Tunes for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Jigs and Reels. This tablature is slightly different from how it is transcribed and played in that collection, but the notes are the same. Please find my Mel Bay Celtic collections (200 tunes) here: http://www.melbay.com/Author/Default.aspx?AuthorId=37876
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: Am  Difficulty: IntermediateThe Star of Munster 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 5/16/2011 3:06:30 PM
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Notes: This classic Irish reel is in A Dorian mode, not A minor. It's from my first self-published book, 25 Traditional Irish & Celtic Tunes for the Bluegrass Banjo Player (1994).
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateThe Teetotaller 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 5/3/2016 5:20:51 AM
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Notes: Twenty-four variations on the Opening Phrase using the three general kinds of Celtic decoration (rhythmic, melismatic, intervallic) in various combinations.
  Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: BeginnerToss the Feathers (E Dorian) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 2/8/2016 7:32:42 AM
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  Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: IntermediateWhistling Rufus (Cakewalk) 
Posted by Tom Hanway, last updated: 6/15/2015 5:04:46 PM
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Notes: Notice all the syncopation in this old cakewalk. I tabbed this for bluegrass banjo players who are looking for new and interesting tunes. Actually, this one dates from 1899. It's Scruggsy but also combines melodic and single-string playing. I will soon tab another version with the C-Part (rare).

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