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May 21, 2024 - 4:00:53 AM
13 posts since 4/8/2024

Hello! I am trying to learn Coleraine's Jig to play with a friend and his mandolin. I tried doing it by ear but I'm not too great at that haha. If anyone is willing to I'd really appreciate help tabbing it out.

I play clawhammer on a 5 string, I've found a few videos of people playing it on a banjo, this one being the best: youtu.be/lbC6kxHa1CE?si=y6h96QTvaZRYCZWt

The tuning is in the description but I managed to get a similar enough sound with gDGCD and a capo on the second fret.
Thanks in advance!

May 21, 2024 - 4:28:06 AM
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dbrooks

USA

4691 posts since 3/11/2004

Your tuning is actually the same as Noah's since the capo raises gDGCD to aEADE. I have a version in a minor tuning (gDGBbD raised to aEACE) but could modify that to use Noah's tuning. Do you play other jigs? They require a different clawhammer stroke. Your profile indicates that you're playing at the Novice level. Jigs require a mix of techniques to get the 6/8 rhythm - open-string hammers, open-string pull-offs, drop thumb, etc. More basic versions can work by playing fewer notes. I can tale a look at revising my tab to suit your playing level better if I can a better idea of what would be helpful.

David

May 21, 2024 - 4:30:16 AM

Gar

USA

61 posts since 7/13/2020

There is a tab for Coleraine in Ken Perlman's book "Celtic and New England Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo". It is available on melbay.com as an ebook or paperback.

May 21, 2024 - 5:38:09 AM

13 posts since 4/8/2024

quote:
Originally posted by dbrooks

Your tuning is actually the same as Noah's since the capo raises gDGCD to aEADE. I have a version in a minor tuning (gDGBbD raised to aEACE) but could modify that to use Noah's tuning. Do you play other jigs? They require a different clawhammer stroke. Your profile indicates that you're playing at the Novice level. Jigs require a mix of techniques to get the 6/8 rhythm - open-string hammers, open-string pull-offs, drop thumb, etc. More basic versions can work by playing fewer notes. I can tale a look at revising my tab to suit your playing level better if I can a better idea of what would be helpful.

David


Hammers and pull offs are all find for me! And the time signature is grand as well. I've done some drop thumb and I'm happy to keep practicing it. I may end up modifying the tab if it hurts my hands (I have unstable joints) but thanks do much for your reply! Especially about the tuning, coming from non-string instruments the different ways to achieve a tuning have been fascinating

May 21, 2024 - 12:28:47 PM
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dbrooks

USA

4691 posts since 3/11/2004

Here are two tabs I have added to the Tab Archive. One is more basic, relying less on drop thumb and left hand licks to catch more of the melody notes. Ther other is an easier arrangement (in my view anyway). I have also attached a PDF with a few basic tips for playing jigs in 3/4 time. Let me know if you have questions or if I can help you in any way.

David

Coleraine Tab - Details and Ratings - Banjo Hangout

Coleraine - Easier Version Tab - Details and Ratings - Banjo Hangout


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