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Blackberry Blossom - Hornpipe (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway


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Size: 1,918kb, uploaded 6/25/2014 7:31:23 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Celtic fingerstyle (short for "Irish-and-Celtic-3-finger-style-5-string banjo") renders this tune quite differently from melodic-style bluegrass picking, slowing down the tempo, swinging the tune more, and, using triplets where one would not find them in Bluegrass or Old-Time versions of the fiddle tune. Celtic fingerstyle variation techniques may be be used to play Old-Time, Bluegrass, Folk or British Isles tunes to give them a Celtic sound. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - read more here:

4 comments on “Blackberry Blossom - Hornpipe (Celtic fingerstyle)”

Raymond B Says:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @8:14:12 AM

that was fabulous! thats the sound i love to hear.

peter somerville Says:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 @3:32:43 PM

particularly love the B part bluesy variations Tom.

Tom Hanway Says:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 @5:41:45 PM

Thanks guys, yeah, Peter, that's based on Eileen Ivers' Irish version. She likes to blues out, and it's a nice variation that she brought to the tune.

Nancy Says:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @5:26:20 AM

Loved the way you played this. Never heard it played so well.
Thanks for posting this song.

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