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6 August 2012
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...ontherun
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Just got a mandolin (this thing is NOT easy to play). Anyway... Which might be a cool Beatles tune to tackle first?

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6 August 2012
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Not a beatles track but McCartney and it's awesome: dance tonight. It's one of the best late mccartney songs (I go as far as calling the best mccartney song of the 2000s)

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7 August 2012
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"Ob La Di Ob La Da" or "And Your Bird Can Sing " would lend themselves nicely to mandolin, I think, not to mention more obviously strummed ukulele-rhythmed numbers like "Michelle " or "Girl". (The REAL challenge would be something like "Helter Skelter " or "She's So Heavy"!)

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8 August 2012
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Thanks! I'll give them a shot (maybe not "she's so heavy" right off the bat lol)

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Are you already proficient on some other instruments? (There's a "Do you play an instrument?" thread but I'm too lazy to look for it, sorry.)

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13 August 2012
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I think songs that work well on the uke would probably work on the mandolin too (though I've never played one). So, Honey Pie , Girl, Michelle , Ain't She Sweet . Also Dance Tonight and Ram On by McCartney.

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15 August 2012
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Thanks for the input everyone.  Great suggestions.  I DO play guitar (a strat, an ovation and a gretch being my go tos) and a little uke (just started) but this mandolin thing?  HARD.  I think my fingers are to fat!  LOL

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5 November 2012
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Hey, I play mandolin too!

My favorite Beatles tune to play is Norwegian Wood , it's in D.

Let me know, if you're interested I'll list the chords. It's fairly easy.

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GeorgeTSimpson said
Not a beatles track but McCartney and it's awesome: dance tonight. It's one of the best late mccartney songs (I go as far as calling the best mccartney song of the 2000s)

I saw someone on this forum somewhere (can't remember where) say that "Dance Tonight" was "embarrassingly bad" or something like that.  To me, it's a brilliant song -- a lightning bolt from one of the Muses right to Paul's head and into his fingers.

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On Paul's mandolin technique on "Dance Tonight" -- it's not so much the chords that are difficult, or the chord changes -- it's the seamless way Paul transitions from one chord to the next without any seeming space of pause.

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5 November 2012
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It may have been me but cant remember if i said embarrasingly bad so maybe someone else detests it.
I have always hated Dance Tonight, when i saw Paul live in Glasgow that was the song where i went to stretch my legs and buy a programme. From its irritating intro to the whistling that makes me shrivel up like when someone scratches a blackboard with their nails, i find it cringeworthy.
Cannot for the life of me see (or hear) anything that redeems it.

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6 November 2012
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meanmistermustard said
It may have been me but cant remember if i said embarrasingly bad so maybe someone else detests it.
I have always hated Dance Tonight, when i saw Paul live in Glasgow that was the song where i went to stretch my legs and buy a programme. From its irritating intro to the whistling that makes me shrivel up like when someone scratches a blackboard with their nails, i find it cringeworthy.
Cannot for the life of me see (or hear) anything that redeems it.

 

Well, as the old saying goes, "Go figure".  I can't help wonder if you're approaching the song from a whole different angle and not seeing/hearing what I do -- like, perhaps, a person who sees a plane flight as a possible crash or terror attack, rather than the opportunity to recline your seat for a nice vacation.

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I "am a person who sees a plane flight as a possible crash..., rather than the opportunity to recline your seat for a nice vacation." You'd find it easier getting B.A. Baracus on a plane as you can give him a burger with a pill in it to knock him out or just wack him on the head.

How do you see the song? I see the whole Memory Almost Full album in my nightmares, a complete waste of £1.

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16 November 2012
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meanmistermustard said
How do you see the song? I see the whole Memory Almost Full album in my nightmares, a complete waste of £1.

When I first bought it at a used CD store, I was disappointed. I don't know what I was expecting, but did not find it up to the high Macca standards I was used to. Then, a few folks on this site encouraged me to stay with it. After a few more listens, I grew to enjoy the album. I still do not count it among my favorites, but I do enjoy it...'Dance Tonight' included.

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Good luck with learning the mandolin, ...ontherun . Keep us posted on your progress!

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