Cockles and Mussels


(Statue of Molly Malone in Dublin, Ireland)
 

The idea of posting this song here is to help you get used to learning a melody by ear, and so that you can try your hand at a little improvisation - that's right; no sheetmusic I chose "Cockles and Mussels" because it's a melody that just about everyone is already familiar with.

You'll find two different recordings of this song below. One of the recordings is just a guitar and the vocal. The other recording includes a whistle playing the melody line throughout the song. Please just use the "melody whistle" version as a way to familiarize yourself with how the song is set-up - don't learn it note for note by playing along with the whistle   The whole idea is for you to get used to figuring out melodies on your own!
 

Cockles and Mussels (with melody whistle)
Cockles and Mussels
(no melody whistle)
(arrangements of both versions Thom Larson 2005)

 

A few notes about this song:

 

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