BLACK HAIRED LASS (reel)
"Black haired lass" is a traditional reel in A mixolydian with two parts, the first of 4 bars and the second of 8 bars.
To get started, we can play with just 3 chords:
We can use this ones:
To change a bit on the fisrt part you can also use these chords
And on the second part you can do a bass change (A - B - D) :
Now we can try to add more bass lines with that grid:
On the first part you can use:
On the second part:
To make some relief you can also play all the first part with a A modal for example. It will add some tension, particulary with that chord. It's a good moment also to change you rythm.
You can listen to "Black haired lass" in the album "Blackwater" of the band Altan. The album was released in 1996.