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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling


"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"

"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" is one of my all-time favorites, but requires a few accidentals to be played on the dulcimer. Again, 1-3-5 tuning meets the challenge. My tablature arrangement of this song for the diatonic mountain dulcimer uses the tuning D-F#-A. There are two pages in various formats (some are larger for those that have DSL or Broadband). I think this selection is a good one to showcase the 1-3-5 tuning for several reasons. First, as you will note, although the tuning is D-F#-A, the arrangement is played with full chord support in the key of A major, without need for a capo.

The melody itself has only one accidental (D# used in two places). The chord support seen here, however, makes use of "new" notes like the D# and A#, not found in other tunings like D-A-A or D-A-d. These add new color to the music, beyond the usual I-IV-V chords with which we are more familiar.

Mountain Dulcimer tablature arrangement by Merv Rowley

There are two pages in various formats (some are larger for those that have DSL or Broadband).


Lyrics: C. Olcott/G. Graff

Music: Ernest R. Ball

Arr: Merv Rowley © 2004

Published: 1912

This tablature is available in the following formats:


TablEdit:  "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" .TEF


Adobe .PDF:  Page 1  and Page 2

Printable Webpage:  Page 1 and Page 2


.JPG Format:  Page 1 and Page 2


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