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yet another vid

posted another'n. Yes, retirement is good!Continue

Started by Kathy Barwick Jul 20, 2012.

The Golden Castle 7 Replies

I added another video....Continue

Started by Kathy Barwick. Last reply by ganon Jul 5, 2012.

new video 12 Replies

hey guys, I just posted a new video, check the videos page.well now that I'm retired and have a little more time.... time to get this group active again! (ha ha). What do you say?Continue

Started by Kathy Barwick. Last reply by Bryan Floyd Jul 5, 2012.

Of some interest for celtic/trad guitar players? 4 Replies

Seamie O'Dowd probably isn't well known outside Ireland but he's worth checking out - see…Continue

Started by Cathal Cusack. Last reply by Kathy Barwick Jun 19, 2012.

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Comment by Dan Forney on January 29, 2011 at 9:38am

Yeah, I like the G chord better too. I'd just be happier with something other than a D chord in the fourth measure.


Nice job Mark. Told you you'd like this group!

Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 29, 2011 at 9:43am

Dan: play a Bm



or Bm-D


I also like this in that measure: D-A-D. A little key change for a moment, I think. Of course it could also go Bm-A-D or D-A-Bm

Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 29, 2011 at 2:39pm

Ok, I posted something on my page. Pops (bad edits) and all. I got that A chord in toward the end (not the A I mentioned in my last post, this A is at the end of the song). Also a couple of things: I forgot to mention, if you can sub a C for an Em, and you can sub an Am for a C, then you can sub an Am for an Em. Mostly I use Am7 'cause it sounds cool.


I got the Cmaj7 behind the Em, toward the end as well.


Finally I did a bunch of stuff I like to do behind these tunes, which is, run a progression down the scale. Like this:


It can go the other way too. Try this with one measure in each chord.

Last comment, at one point I went to the "power" E chord (then dropped it to D). That would be open low E, 5th string 7th fret, 4th and 3rd strings 9th fret. This E chord has no 3rd, which is nice in Irish music. You can let the first 2 strings sound or not....works either way. And when you go to the D, don't worry that there's an E note on the bottom. Irish music is all about the drones!!


Comment by Dan Forney on January 29, 2011 at 4:43pm

Wow. That was great!

I gotta practice more!

Comment by Mark Thatcher on January 29, 2011 at 9:27pm
Way cool stuff Kathy. Thanks, this gives lots of good ideas I can play with.
Comment by Bryan Floyd on January 30, 2011 at 2:52am

Just fantastic, Kathy!!! 

Great recordings, and new members... this group is starting to take off :)

Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 30, 2011 at 10:27am

ok you all have got me thinking. I just posted a new JT file.... got 2 A chords in there this time! That first one, I was trying for a descending bass line and just looked for a chord to fill the rest of it out... turned out to be A major.

Then I was trying for an F in the second A part (I needed a C note in the bass to follow the A) but it didn't sound good, so instead I played a C without the E (left the 4th string open instead). What's that, a Cadd9 I guess... 


anyway I got up this morning thinking, can I find a place for an F chord anywhere? and this is what I ended up with. Not to say that an F doesn't fit anywhere, I just haven't found it yet.

Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 30, 2011 at 2:49pm

well check this out then (thanks Jeff Willner)



Comment by Mark Thatcher on January 30, 2011 at 5:53pm
Ahh my two favorite Irish flatpickers. Paul and Arty. Both picking Yamaha Red Labels. No fancy Martin's for these guys. Nice sound. Check out some of Pauls other stuff from that 70's era. lakes of Ponchartrain, Arthur McBride and other tunes are amazing. He can pick and sing.
Comment by Kathy Barwick on January 30, 2011 at 5:55pm
I've watched Arthur McBride a number of times just to marvel at the simultaneous guitar playing/singing thing. Like you said, Mark.


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