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Newmarket Polka

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by jkacur, updated: 5/21/2015
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Notes: Irish Polkas can be somewhat boring musically, although you can play them quite vigorously and audiences usually tends to like them. This is one I decided to tab from a slow session that I play in. I believe I found a new purpose for this polka when it comes to banjo playing. This polka could be renamed "A Study in Alternate String Pull-Offs". Working on technique can be quite boring, but when you have a little tune behind it it becomes fun again. Almost every measure of this piece can be played with one or two alternate string pull-offs. If you have your hand is in first position, then you will practice the alternate string pull-off with your index finger. If you shift to the second position, then the alternate string pull offs are now down with the middle finger. So, play this tune to get a work-out and practice your alternate string pull-off technique! Have fun!

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