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Old 10-09-2020, 12:05 PM
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Default Mandolin as solo singing accompaniment

I primarily play my mandolin to accompany my singing. Playing chords and fills, etc. I've got only a handful of songs I do with the mandolin and looking for others to add to the repertoire. Here are the ones I currently do:

Losing My Religion
Galway Girl
The Ballad of Eddie Mullet
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms

Any others you've found work well with mandolin as solo accompaniment?
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Old 10-09-2020, 01:22 PM
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just about any fiddle tune really.

Tune starts at about 2:14 on this vid

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I'm shall we say, weird. I do Little Red Corvette, and Sympathy for the Devil as well as Hawaii Five Oh as and instrumental. Then there are the old Circle Be Unbroken, Hard Times, Polly Wolly Doodle, etc. Jambalaya works well too. Pretty much anything you can think of can be arranged for the mandolin. Many, many Grateful Dead songs, and Beatles too.
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Check out Eddie Vedder's "Into the Wild" soundtrack. Rise is a good solo mando/singer song. Also "High on a Mountain" and "I've Endured" as done by Ola Belle Reed and now bluegrass festival staples.

Micky Newberry's "Why You Been Gone So Long," trad tunes "Dark Hollow", "Deep Elem Blues" and "Sittin' On Top of the World." Some great Dead tunes - "Friend of the Devil," "Dire Wolf", "Ripple," etc.
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None finer - the late, much lamented Rory Gallagher, in full flight.

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Maybe Copperhead Road?
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I can't comment as a player as I've never held a mandolin but maybe Led Zep's "Battle of Evermore"?
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I'm going to learn this some day.
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Some good ones to go check out. Thanks!
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:10 AM
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Jonatha Brooke does a bit of solo mandolin accompaniment too. 'Imposter' starts at about 44mins in:

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Levon Helm does a nice job on mandolin on Springteen's
"Atlantic City".
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Keep in mind, the classic parts to the song you think of for a lot of songs are meaningless without the band. So just learn a bunch of chords and work out whatever you want.
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I see someone beat me to Thile.

His earlier stuff with Nickel Creek might be worth reviewing for solo performance.
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