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Yew Piney Mountain
From the C.D. "How It All Started"
I learned this tune from Nick Kroes a few years ago, and it found a permanent spot in my repertoire. Unfortunately, I can't use it for dances, as it isn't a "square" tune. It has 4 extra beats on the "A", or first part. I had a blast arranging this for the C.D., the mandolin part really just created itself. I would never had thought of banging away at the same chord all the way through a tune.
I'm dubbing myself on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin on this cut. It's truly a miracle of modern technology! I'm playing a crossed-tuned fiddle also. I like to take these key of A tunes and put them in G cross-tuning. You get this cool modal sound when you play cross-tuned in a lower register. Leave your G and D strings where they're at, and tune the A and E to G and D respectively. It's kind of a lazy way to play, as you can play the tune the same way on the top or bottom strings. Have fun!