This tune (also known as the Glasgow Reel) has haunted me since I’ve been playing the fiddle. I first learned it on the mandolin many years ago and even though the mandolin is strung like a fiddle, I couldn’t seem to transpose it to the fiddle and make it sound good. Bowing this tune is much harder than strumming it. This week though, I decided to dust it off and learn it on the fiddle because, well, it’s a kick-ass tune, what can I say.
Learning it on the fiddle is no easy feat though. The whole A-part forces you to practice your intonation on those low strings. And the B-part is a good lesson in learning how to control your bow. The great part about this tune is that if you move it up a string, you can keep the same fingering and change the key.
Hope you like it:
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