Day 919 – #38 Learn the Sunshine Hornpipe on the fiddle

Why oh why do I put things like this on my list?!  I first heard this tune long before I started to learn the fiddle.  It’s on one of the Dubliners albums and it sounds so lovely – logical and reasonably simple.  How wrong could I be?  When I asked Ruth (my fiddle teacher) to learn this one to teach me she soon put me straight.  It’s difficult.  It’s in A, which is hard work.  It has loads of triplets and they are fast.  And there’s some really tricky, fancy stuff that John Sheahan puts in.  But it’s a great tune.  So we persevered.

So, learning it was one thing.  Trying to record it was another nightmare altogether.  As previously mentioned, I don’t play in front of anyone else.  That includes things recording me!  Mistake after mistake after mistake.  Then the more I mess it up, the more my fingers get all muddled and it just gets worse.  So anyway, here it is.  A bit flat and with several mistakes as the first take turned out to be the best of a bad bunch!

If your ears aren’t bleeding and you want to hear what it *should* sound like you can check out the master himself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIsmY-dcSRo

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