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Tae the Begging I Shall Go

Posted by Humbled by this instrument on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

     I've seen Old Blind Dogs four times and enjoyed their performances immensely.  Indeed, the wife and I dance our shoes off, generally, at their concerts...and thank goodness there are no videos of me dancing--it's not pretty.  But it surely is fun.  Yet whenever they play "Tae the Begging I Shall Go," I'm amazed by the dual flute/bagpipes and fiddle they bring to the song's breaks.  Amazing stuff.  So today I decided to sit down with the song and record various instruments and see what the Muse brings me.  

     First I decided to hit four part harmonies on the chorus, easy to do with a multi-track system recorder.  Then I made the thing bust into a quick paced "Glasgow Reel," a tune I hadn't been playing, but one which lately has renewed interest.  So after three reps in Dm, I hit an A7 arpeggio on fiddle and bring the tune into the D major of "Tae the Begging I Shall Go."  

    I played the song with fiddle and banjo and guitar accompaniment, and then at the end hit a five part harmony (why not?), before going to 6/8 time "Garry Owen," a tune in which I'm using a Georgia bowing on the fiddle--for a jig!  Oh the fun!  Thus the tune compilation ends.  

     'Twas fun and kept me out of trouble today.  Always a good thing.  But my Gawd but a multi-track recorder and lots of instruments do not maketh a band practice nor gig.  I so miss the comraderie and hugs and laughs I used to get from my mates in the band.  Oh that I were young again and held the fiddle in my arms pre-Covid!


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