I am sitting here listening to Martin Simpson play clawhammer ukulele on his Righteousness & Humidity album. Its great, makes me want to get a uke and play clawhammer on it. Though maybe i should get a banjo instead…. So i am off in two weeks to start recording my solo cd. Its something i have wanted to do for … Read More
Well, i wanted to try and post something once a week, but it may end up being more than that. Notating these full arrangements takes a while sometimes. So here is a full arrangement of the tune O’Carolans’s Receipt. I arranged it a few years back. Its in G and i think it contains a few nice Orkney-isms, including some … Read More
I’d like to get started showing people the nuts and bolts of arranging celtic/traditional tunes. I found it very satisfying when i started arranging pieces for myself. Playing other folks arrangements is fun, but eventually i wanted to put my own stamp on things, or arrange tunes no one else had done before. In this blog entry we will look … Read More
Next up we have some simple scales annd chords in the Orkney tuning (CGDGCD) No capo for these. I have laid out some scales in the keys of G, C, and D. I tried to include a few different version of each scale. Some are linear, utilizing consecutive notes on the same string. Others incorporate harp style technique, playing consecutive … Read More
I’d like to start this out by posting some of the common chords i use for backing up celtic music in the Orkney Tuning. I created these using Fretty Charts. I’ll be getting the full version soon, so pardon the light demo version watermark on the fretboard. Without a capo Orkney tuning is CGDGCD, low to high strings. The 6th, … Read More
One of things i would like to do with this blog is put up some resources on the Orkney tuning. It is CGDGCD. I think its great for arranging celtic music, and there is not a ton of instruction material out on it like there is DADGAD. I had some basic scales and chords up, but i deleted those posts. … Read More
Hi everyone. Just testing out this blog interface. I am thinking here i will post various arrangements of some of my tunes, talk about celtic guitar backup, Orkney tuning, and celtic guitar in general. I am open to topics and suggestions, so let me know if there is something related to guitar and you want to see covered.