No no, you've got it. I was the fiddler in a celtic band in high school and used to improvise with a band in a pub back in my hometown (one of those "anyone can join" setups). I will say that I can't match titles or lyrics to tunes (which I can do in classical music... weird); I just play by ear. Hurrah! We've got an ayyyyrish laddie!
More like some crazy crossbreed of scottish, swedish, cornish and dutch + a few other smaller influences. Born and raised in Sweden, the cold north ^^ But I do love celtic music in general. My personal favourite is The Corries. Well, at least right now
What kind of tunes/songs did your band play?
Mightier than the tread of marching armies is the power of an idea whose time has come
I sat down last night and worked out the keyboard parts to Dire Straits' "Walk of Life," as rendered on the fiddle. The opening strains work out nicely double-stopped on the G and D strings. The first combo is high G and low B, then high F and low B, then high E and low A, and those chords work for the rest of the opening phrase. It's handy, because the last two are at the same position on the string... the first is the second finger across the G and D strings, and the second is the index finger across the G and D strings, all from the first position.
The melody line took a little getting used to... bouncing between the first finger on the A and D strings, not a key in which I'm used to playing. But then, not all songs can be written in the holy bluegrass key of G.
EVERYBODY plays the guitar. Why don't you learn something different yet cool, like lute, or tenor guitar, or mandocello?
LOL thanks Oberon for making me feel worse, considering the fact that everyone else knows how to play vs. myself. You know the annoying people you see meddling around with the instruments in stores? That's me! I'd be all for the tenor guitar, though. I'm all for it, I just want to play some strings!
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse, while all the others were making ships. ~Charles Simic