I thought this would be a nice topic, potentiall inspiring others for music to learn on our favourite instrument. 


Currently, I'm working on St. Annes Reel, a really nice reel from which Tony also put a video on youtube:

For those interested the tabs, these are not exact and probably closer to this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q3kOB8IX6g but still, it gives an idea (note, played on Paddy Richter):

St Anne’s Reel

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6[-6-5] [6-6-77-66] {55} /// 3’!~[3-343-2][2-2]

7-8[88][-98-87-66]{55} ///4-4[55][-55-443-2][2-2]

6-67![-77-8-77]7-87 /// 3 [-34-4-34] [4-44]

[9-98]7! [7-88-99] [-98-9] // [6-55]4! 4-45-56-55-5

[-98-87-7-66] -778-1099 // -55-44-33-2  -45-6-777

[9-98]7! [7-88-99] [-98-9] // [6-55]4! 4-45-56-55-5

[-98-87-7-66] -7-8-9877 // -55-44-33-2  -3-4-5544

I also need to work on Musical Priest because Ill be practicing with a flute player and we made a setlist of songs we wanted to play together. She's quite a good flute player so I'm curious how that will go.

So what about you, what are you working on? 

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Hi again, my name is still Norm, once again I'd like to get involved in this discussion. It seems like I like to talk a lot. Well, the way I see it, being 66 years old ,I say: If I don't say it now, when will I ever say it? As for repertoire, I without any doubts prefer Irish music. When left alone to chose  the material for a performance, it becomes an Irish performance.I also play Scottish airs, jigs and reels. I however stay away from the blues.I like playing the Tremolo or Octave tuned harmonica as they provide for a rich tone with a nice natural vibrato. However this type of harmonica is completely unsuitable for the blues, where a plain "Marine Band" can be bent to achieve the required tonality.I also play folklore , mostly French folklore music because of my background. So, again, a little of everything does it for me. My specialty is Irish music. Nice again to have this chat with you. The best of the day to you.

Thanks Normand! Would you share perhaps some of the favourite songs you know? I'm always looking for new tunes to learn. 

Today I've been working on the lovely "Smash the Windows", I've been playing it together with the flute player:

Really love the rythm on this one, just makes me want to dance! 

I forgot to mention, I also play with the Bedford Fiddlers and the Prospect road jam in Halifax, Canada. If you want to hear yours truly, go to Youtube, Prospectoadjam. Check jam 4, jam 157, jam 202. Hope you enjoy.

Hi again,it will be a pleasure to  reveal some of my secrets. The list might be a little long. Let's see:Let's start with : I'm sick and tired of working in G, Cheer up old girl for I'll return as soon as the war is over D,What do you do with a drunken sailor? D, When Irish eyes are smiling G, Wild colonial boy G, Black velvet band D,Jack was every inch a sailor G, Years they come, years they go D,Good night Irene D, Off  to Dublin in the green G, It's a long way to Tipperary G, The wild rover no more D (No Nay Never), Whiskey in the jar G,Molly Malone D, Waltzing Mathilda D, Christmas in Killarney G, Bonnie Dundee D, Old Mountain Tyme D, You are my sunshine D, Rosin the bow D, The Irish washer woman G, Mick McGuire D, Lake of Ponchartrain D, The orange and the green G, Red is the rose D, Carrickfergus D, The rose of Tralee D, Mairie's wedding D, The rattling bug down the Barrio D, The Irish Rover G, Mc Namara's band G, The Lord of the dance G, The last Farewell D, The cock of the North G,The maid of Fifeo D, Snowey breasted pearl D,A rovin D, The Galway shawl D, The bard of ArmaughG, The Gypsy rover D, Go Lassie go D, The star of county down D, Finnegan's wake G, Paddy Murphy G, Kevin Barry G, The leaving of Liverpool G, A bunch of time D, A nation once again D, The Spanish lady on the street of Belfast D, The rising of the moon G, Skyboat D, Bonnie Jean of Aberdeen G,The water is wide D, The ash grove D, The wild Galway races D, Morning has broken D.... I'll give you a brake for now and continue later. Hope you enjoy.
 
Normand Chouinard said:

I forgot to mention, I also play with the Bedford Fiddlers and the Prospect road jam in Halifax, Canada. If you want to hear yours truly, go to Youtube, Prospectoadjam. Check jam 4, jam 157, jam 202. Hope you enjoy.

Hi Normand, 

Thanks for the list as well! That's a lot. All of 'em are favorites? I know some of em but I'll check them out. 

Tried to look at your youtube channel but it said it wasn't available. Maybe I did something wrong, got a link?

Normand Chouinard said:

I forgot to mention, I also play with the Bedford Fiddlers and the Prospect road jam in Halifax, Canada. If you want to hear yours truly, go to Youtube, Prospectoadjam. Check jam 4, jam 157, jam 202. Hope you enjoy.

Hi, I think I made a mistake when I gave you the link. Try Prospectroadjam then go to jam202, then when you scroll to the bottom, load somemore until you get to jam 157, repeat the same procedure until you get to jam 4. Of course, feel free to have a look at all the other jams. A lot of guitar players, singers, accordians. It is quite entertaining. This is where I go every Friday night. As for the repertoire, I'll give you time to digest what I sent you and if you want some more, I'll oblige. Best of the day to you

Boyen said:

Hi Normand, 

Thanks for the list as well! That's a lot. All of 'em are favorites? I know some of em but I'll check them out. 

Tried to look at your youtube channel but it said it wasn't available. Maybe I did something wrong, got a link?

Normand Chouinard said:

I forgot to mention, I also play with the Bedford Fiddlers and the Prospect road jam in Halifax, Canada. If you want to hear yours truly, go to Youtube, Prospectoadjam. Check jam 4, jam 157, jam 202. Hope you enjoy.

Hi , I have just been playing for two year now and I play mostly slow Scottish and Irish tunes, so this week I have given the Irish Washerwoman a try, I'm struggling a Wee bit but due to it being a lot faster ( Jig ) than I'm normally use to, but I think I'm slowly getting the hang on it and it's such a great tune that simply just fly's off the Harmonica. I will be looking at other Jigs in the future if I ever get to grips with the very fast speed, Thanks again Malcolm.

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