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...ontherun
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6 August 2012 - 10.43pm

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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GeorgeTSimpson
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6 August 2012 - 10.48pm

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 - 6.24am

"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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...ontherun
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8 August 2012 - 12.35am

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

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vonbontee
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8 August 2012 - 1.12am

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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Joe
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13 August 2012 - 8.16pm

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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...ontherun
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15 August 2012 - 5.50pm

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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jimliston
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5 November 2012 - 11.01pm

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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Funny Paper
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5 November 2012 - 11.25pm

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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Funny Paper
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5 November 2012 - 11.26pm

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 - 11.53pm

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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Funny Paper
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6 November 2012 - 1.10am

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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6 November 2012 - 2.45am

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 - 7.43pm

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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