Falls of Richmond

Today our tune is

FALLS  OF  RICHMOND

This tune is really a cool tune to learn and play! It’s in the key of Am, and is a three-parter. It also goes back to the B part after playing only one C part, so the format is AABBCBB. I had trouble finding anything about the tune until I looked it up as Richmond Falls – bingo! There IS the Falls of Richmond. “At Richmond in Swaledale the River Swale cascades down a series of rocky steps which are known as Richmond Falls.” The River Swale is located in the Yorkshire Dales in Northern England, which you can read more about here. Next, here is a YouTube video showing folks canoeing the falls.

OK, here is the guitar TAB and notation – Falls of Richmond – Gtr TAB

And…….here is a wonderful video of The Falls of Richmond being played in situ, meaning in its original, natural place. How awesome it that??!!

It’s a mild day here in the Midwest with rain in the forecast, making it a great opportunity to just sit down for a bit and play a tune. Go ahead, do it! You’ll be glad that you did.:)

Blessings

Big Liza Jane

The tune of the day is

BIG  LIZA  JANE

There are so many Liza Jane tunes, and this is just one that seems to be pretty common.:) In my files, I also have Liza Jane, Little Liza Jane, Goodbye Liza Jane, and Hurry Up, Liza Jane. I’m certain that’s not all of them!

This is one of those “never-ending” tunes, as the end of the B part stair steps down from the A chord back to the D chord at the beginning. If you must finally end the tune, just resolve it on the D chord after the least measure.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Big Liza Jane – Gtr TAB

I though that I’d feature an actual flatpick version of Big Liza Jane. Hope that you enjoy it!

This is a really cool tune to learn, so put aside your cares for a bit, and work on something to cheer your heart. You’ll be glad that you did.

 

 

My Love is in America

The tune of the day is

MY  LOVE  IS  IN  AMERICA

There are actually two pieces of music with this same title, but one is a fiddle tune and the other is a ballad type of song. My Love is in America is a common session tune that is interestingly modal, but not. It uses a C natural in the A part, and switches to a C# in places in the B part. Either way, it has a really cool sound, and it’s not hard to play at all.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – My Love is in America – Gtr TAB

I found My Love in in America paired here with Cooley’s Reel. I think I like it!

Now you know what I’m going to say……instead of sitting longer at the computer, log off, get your guitar out, and work on this great tune. You’ll be so glad that you did!

Blessings

Apples in June?

The tune of the day is

JUNE  APPLE

This is one of those A modal tunes, so the normal G# is played as a G natural. In my research, I discovered, much to my surprise, that there are two versions of June Apple. They are similar but distinct enough that I’m not sure they’d go well played simultaneously at a jam. So, one is what is probably labeled the Old-Time version, and the other one, featured here, is maybe a bluegrass version? This is the tune that we play locally. I must say, however, that I really enjoy the “new” OT version as well!

Hopefully that wasn’t too confusing….here is the tab and notation – June Apple – Gtr TAB

Oh, yes, since I didn’t know what June Apples were, I looked around and found some interesting information here – http://marycrimmins.com/june-apples/

The video demonstrating the tune features a fiddle and banjo, and although they have titled it as an old-time fiddle tune, they are playing the “bluegrass” version that I’ve posted here.

As always, get out your guitar and try it out!

Blessings