Aug. 13th, 2016

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So I got a book of tunes for Contra Dancing, called The Portland Collection (who knew that Portland was such a hotbed of Contra Dancing?).
And while I was paging through it I found a tune called "Old Grey Cat". Well, with a name like that, I had to try it. It is in E Dorian, oddly enough, and I really like it so I am in the process of learning it. Here are a couple of people playing it on youtube (much faster than I can right now).
When I started seriously working with the mandolin, gosh about twelve years ago now, it used to take me ages to learn a tune. Now I can pick it up in a couple of days.
I was expecting practicing to make me better at playing the tunes I knew. I wasn't expecting it to make me better at learning tunes.

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