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Seneca Square Dance is also known as Waiting for the Federals, among other titles. I found basically either a contradance version or an old-time version, so this version is somewhat in-between. The A part is straightforward and plays easily in the first position. The B part is a bit trickier, and in order to accommodate smaller hands, I moved sections up the neck, as well as utilized a floater string to get back down into first position. It’s a nice, easy-going tune, and will be worth the extra effort to learn it!
Here is the notation and TAB – Seneca Square Dance – Gtr TAB
There were so many great videos on YouTube that demonstrated Seneca Square Dance, but this is the one that I chose. Hope that you like it.
As always, take time to sit down with your guitar and enjoy the music – you’ll be glad that you did!
Today, you get to learn not one, but two jigs! These both are very common jigs. Tripping Up The Stairs is in the key of D, and Swallowtail Jig is in the key of Em.
Tripping Up The Stairs – Gtr TAB
Swallowtail Jig – Gtr TAB
As always, have fun learning these new tunes!
The tune of the day is The Road to Lisdoonvarna. It’s a happy little jig in the key of Em, which sort of sounds contradictory. Anyway, the tune is named after an actual town in County Clare, Ireland. Here is a link for a wee bit of information about it.
This is a pretty straightforward tune, so here is the notation and TAB – Road to Lisdoonvarna – Gtr TAB
Enjoy learning a new tune today!
Zipping right along here with some new tune additions while I have the chance! When school begins again, my time will be pretty limited.
The tune of the day is Down Yonder. It is in the key of G, and I’ve also heard it played in the key of D.
This is one tune that I had difficulty finding the notated music. Many in our local jam group knew it, but I had no music. So….here it is for those of you who enjoy having the notes written down… yonder…:)
Down Yonder key of G – Gtr TAB
It seems that everyone has their own version of how to play this tune! But, I found an example that plays it pretty much the way I’ve notated it here. Yay!
So, sit on the front porch and learn this old time fiddle tune!
Today’s tune is a polka named Cheese. Like Britches Full of Stitches, it is fairly simple and easy to play. The notes all stay in the first position, and it’s in the key of D.
Here is the notation – Cheese – Gtr TAB
I cannot seem to find a good version of Cheese on YouTube, but when I do, I will certainly come back here and post it!
Enjoy the evening and play your guitar – you’ll always be glad that you did!
This jaunty little polka is quite fun and easy to learn and play. Don’t let the key of A intimidate you, either. There is no G# used, so it’s really like playing in the key of D. After you learn this tune, better go see if you have any britches that need stitches.
Britches Full of Stitches – Gtr TAB
Here’s a very nice session version of Britches Full of Stitches.
As always, grab your guitar and sit a spell. You’ll be glad that you did!
Wowee zowee! It’s been ages since I’ve had time to post any new tunes, so today, I thought I’d post two.
The first is Ships Are Sailing. It is an Em reel, and the A part is pretty straightforward. However, the B part, at least with my small hands, requires one to play it up the neck to make it reachable. So, if you haven’t played up the neck much, here is some good practice for you! Ships Are Sailing – Gtr TAB
The second tune is Irish Lamentation. It is a slow tune, a sad tune, and just the tune to play when you feel a little blue….there is this nice little F natural/F chord that certainly sounds melancholy. Be sure to notice that it has 2 pages instead of 1.
Irish Lamentation – Gtr TAB
It’s hot here in the Midwest, and a perfect Sunday afternoon for music!
So grab your guitar, a cool glass of something, and enjoy the day – you’ll be glad that you did!
Today’s tune is
This nice little jig is certainly fun and lighthearted, and pretty easy to play, especially since it is in the key of A. There are no long stretches, and it lays well on the guitar.
Here is the guitar TAB and notation : teviot-bridge-gtr-tab
There were not many videos online that demonstrated this tune, but I think it is a worthy tune to learn!
As always, take the time to grab your guitar and try it. You’ll be glad that you did!
The tune of the day is
This is an old fiddle tune that seems to be pretty popular in lots of places, and is another one of those cross-over tunes. You can’t go wrong learning this tune. It is pretty straightforward in the key of D. In tabbing this one out, I stuck to the basics except in the triplets in both the A part and the B part. In my experience, playing the triplet the way I tabbed it is easier than utilizing the open B string for the B note. Try it both ways, and play the way that suits you. 🙂
Here is the TAB: sarah-armstrong-gtr-tab
As always, grab your guitar and try it out!
Today’s tune is
Also known as Texas Girls or Texas Gals, this tune is in the key of C. It has 3 parts, and there are many versions of it floating around. It is a common flatpicking tune, but not extremely difficult. On the TAB, you will notice that I took it up neck a bit on the 3rd and 4th measure of the 2nd part. It actually makes it easier.
Here is the notation – Texas Gales – Gtr TAB
One of my favorite flatpickers is Norman Blake, so enjoy his playing Texas Gales!
As always, get out your guitar and play for awhile!