String Theory with Jimmy Brown: A Pick-Friendly Way to Sound Like an Irish Folk Mandolinist

Using the same “mandolin trick” I introduced last month—deploying a capo high up on the neck to emulate the sound and feel of a mandolin—I’d like to present another cool-sounding, alternate-picking-friendly solo guitar interpretation of a popular bluegrass fiddle tune, this one being an arrangement of a traditional Irish reel called “Red Haired Boy” (also known as “The Red Headed Irishman” and “The Jolly Beggar”).

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.