Rakes of Mallow

Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-A Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction and Part A Steve begins by showing how to play the D scale in the D-A-d tuning, starting at "0". Then he demonstrates how the middle string is used to play the melody line for Part A of this well-known Irish drinking song.
2. Part B The B part starts at the 7th fret, and uses the 6-1/2 fret rather than the 6 fret, as he moves down the scale following the melody line.
3. Whole Song Here Steve plays through the entire song, repeating Part A twice and Part B twice, as is the custom for an Irish reel.
4. Right Hand Accuracy Although you can strum all the strings in the D-A-A tuning, it will sound better if you avoid playing across every string in the D-A-d tuning. In this video, Steve shows when the full chord sounds good, and when it sounds a bit off.
5. Chord Melody However, you can play this tune using chord shapes to accompany the melody.

PDFTablature
  • D-A-d Tuning

 

AnimationAnimations
  • D-A-d Tuning: Part A
  • D-A-d Tuning: Part B

  • D-A-d Tuning: Part A
  • D-A-d Tuning: Part B
Music GlobeExtras
  • The story behind "Rakes of Mallow"

  • Lyrics for "Rakes of Mallow"

  • This arrangement of "Rakes of Mallow" was performed by the Kaiser Family Band on September 29, 2007 at the West Adrian Michigan Jam.

  • MP3 rhythm back-up tracks

Rakes of Mallow

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