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Favorite Song To Play

Posted by willie shepherd on Saturday, March 19, 2011

I make it  a point everyday to spend time in my music room playing one of my instruments, and without a doubt the mandolin is my choice,and I was just wondering when you sit down to practice what is the first song (or your favorite song) to start out with?Everyone has a song that they just really enjoy pickin'.I just wanted to get some ideals what they are. My favorite song to start out with is {Jerusalem Ridge} Bill Monroe style,for some reason this song just seems to get me going. 


7 comments on “Favorite Song To Play”

Curt Says:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @5:41:10 AM

Hey, Willie, it's always changing for me, but currently I'm picking up fiddle and putting some Scottish bowings to " Whiskey before Breakfast" and "Shady Grove." On mando, however, I'm enjoying "Fire on the Mountain" and "The Foggy Dew" and "Greensleeves" in Dm. I used to play "jerusalem Ridge" all the time on fiddle, but no one around here plays it, so I'm quite rusty. Great tune though.

willie shepherd Says:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @9:12:38 AM

These are some great songs.I really enjoy playing fiddle tunes on my mandolin.It seems to get attention at open jams.

PaulR Says:
Thursday, April 7, 2011 @5:10:11 PM

Hi Willie. These days I'm trying to get comfortable with "St. Anne's Reel" on mandolin (I keep messing up the ending of the A part). I'm also working on "Liberty". They go along with my clawhammer banjo versions. Maybe some day I can get up at the jam, start on mandolin, and switch to banjo in the middle of the tune. Maybe.

emersonarts Says:
Saturday, April 9, 2011 @11:08:54 AM

Well, being a beginner I have started with what i know and have sung and played on the banjo: FOUR STRONG WINDS.

MandoLiz Says:
Monday, May 30, 2011 @7:59:09 PM

Hi Willie, my favorites are the classic fiddle tunes: Old Joe Clark (which is coming along nicely, thank you), Cripple Creek (aka "special needs creek"), Wildwood Flower (which I just can't get to sound right) and Arkansas Traveler. Another one I picked up which is real fun is Pete Seeger's Little Boxes.
Peaceful Pickin to ya!

Muscle Tone Says:
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @6:41:50 AM

When I play I always start out playing Sally Goodin. It's a great tune that can get pretty challenging and you can play it at different tempos.

Susanne Says:
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @11:46:28 AM

I never know what to start with so I usually start playing nonsense, scales and such. Then I think of what to play and right now it's usually Gold rush because I've been working on that one lately.

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