Tripping Up The Stairs

I’d like to admit up front that this was a perfectly fine tune when I met it and it wasn’t hurting anybody.

I learned it as “Tripping Up The Stairs” from Bucky Reed’s excellent site for people interested in learning how to play such things. The tabs from his site are below the video if you’re so inclined. Because it’s an Irish song, it most likely has a dozen other names, depending on who claims they wrote it. A word of warning: if you claim to have written it, you better be from Donegal.

It was still a fine song as I was learning it, but somewhere between the mandolin and the flanger I think I strayed a wee bit from the straight and narrow. I’ll say this about it: it’s short. The photographs and drawings (saints preserve us) in the video are my own.



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Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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