Some time ago I have discovered another great popsong from Japan that has been arrangend for mandolin orchestra – Song of the Wheel by Bump of Chicken. The famous Japanese rock band Bump of Chicken used the mandolin for the recorded version of this song, the mandolin is also used in the official video of this song. When they play the song life the mandolin part is played on guitar.
Mandolin orchestra version:
車輪の唄 / BUMP OF CHICKEN
The mandolin part of the Song of Wheel is demonstrated in the following video:
簡単 BUMP OF CHICKEN/車輪の唄のイントロをフラットマンドリンで弾いてみた
In this video the mandolin is tunes one halftone lower to f# c# g# d# – it might be that Bump of Chicken used a mandolin in this tuning for the recording? There is a second video with a mandolin in standard tuning, but this requires to play the melody in a higher position and makes it more difficult.
Playlist Bump of Chicken
Wikipedia (En.) about Bump of Chicken: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_of_Chicken
Website Bump of Chicken: http://www.bumpofchicken.com/
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