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The Liliting Banshee

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Am  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Old Hickory, updated: 4/3/2021
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Notes: My 3-finger arrangement of this traditional Celtic fiddle tune. My band plays this as the middle tune in a 3-tune "set" (or medley) of Doonybrook Fair, The Lilting Banshee and Out on the Ocean. I've posted tabs for all of these.

4 comments

Tom Hanway Says:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @3:59:02 PM
Nice arrangement. Why don't you indicate fingerings (in the picking hand), even optional ones?

Old Hickory Says:
Sunday, June 9, 2019 @10:02:44 AM
Thanks, Tom. I typically don't indicate picking hand fingerings because I figure players will go with their preference. I suppose showing my fingering choices could be instructive, especially in this tune since there's single-string work combined with rolls and some of my fingering is not standard. Truth be told, the opening phrase is difficult for me. I need the third note (A) to be picked with index. This simplifies everything that follows. At slow to moderate tempo, I play the opening three notes T-I-I. Unconventional and generally not advised. I-T-I is not difficult, but it takes remembering and conscious effort. My right hand really wants to start on thumb. Our fiddle player usually starts this three-song set too fast, making both T-I-I and I-T-I difficult for me. So what typically happens when playing live is I turn the first note into a quarter and play: T-x-I. And now that I look at this, I see that I no longe play measure 5 the way it's written. The notes are E-A-A-E-A-A. I now fret them as 1st string 2nd fret and 3rd string 2nd fret and play them as a backward roll: M-I-T-M-I-T on strings 1-3-3-1-3-3. I'll revise the tab post a replacement one of these days. Sorry for the very late reply. Hangout system did not alert me to your comment.

wi_gardener Says:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @10:51:26 AM
I love this tab. I just jumped into it and started playing.

Old Hickory Says:
Saturday, April 3, 2021 @1:28:14 PM
Very belated note to say that years ago, I uploaded revised versions of the tab with my picking hand fingerings indicated. The tab page lists 2 each of TablEdit and PDF files, but there's really only one each. Only one of the TablEdit and PDF links get you a tab. The other gets you an error message. I've tried repeatedly to delete the dead link to avail.

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