The Irish Rover

by Nicola Mandorino

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  • Hello GMC!

    This is the famous Irish traditional song called "The Irish Rover".
    I have prepared this easy version for beginners but the song is pretty fast, so do not worry if at first you can not play it at the speed of the video.
    You will play solo and bass-chord accompaniment. In the video I played all parts with fingerstyle technique, you can play them pickstyle if you prefer.

    The accompaniment is playing only three chords: D, G and A.
    As you can see in the video, for the accompaniment I used the thumb finger for the alternating bass, the others fingers for the chords. This allows me to get a beautiful full sound for the accompaniment.

    Perform the song very slowly at first, then gradually increase the speed until you master the technique.

    Contents :
    The Irish Rover: melody - video parts 1-5
    Accompaniment - video parts 6-11

    Gear used :

    Acoustic guitar: Taylor 410 CE
    Strings: Elixir Polyweb .012-.052

    Onboard Fishman Prefix Plus - right channel
    Mini mic Audio Technica Pro 70 - left channel
    USB audio interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
    Key : D major

    Tuning : Standard

    Tempo : 140 bpm

    Chord progression :

    D/DG/D/A/
    D/DG/A/D/
    D/A/D/A/
    D/DAD /A/D

    D/DG/D/A/
    D/DG/A/D/
    D/A/D/A/
    D/DG/D/AD/
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