The tune of the day is
REEL de BEATRICE
This wonderful French-Canadian tune is super enjoyable to play, either as the melody or accompaniment. It is in the key of Am, and has three equal parts, meaning that the parts are all the number of measures long, in this case, 8 measures each. I was introduced to Reed de Beatrice by a hammered dulcimer player friend of mine. It’s a challenge to play, but gives quite a sense of accomplishment when you learn it.:)
Flatpicking this tune came up in conversation when a fiddle player in our jam group, who also is a guitarist, played it. I heard him from in the shadows, and I went home and learned it, at least at slow speed. Haha. I ran across him recently and he asked me about my flatpicking, and when I told him that I work on my guitar almost daily, he suggested a future guitar jam, and mentioned Reed de Beatrice. Welp, that’s all I needed to get it out again!
As with most tunes, it’s easier to flatpick them if you memorize them. This one, in particular, seems a must to memorize. I am having you travel up the neck a bit in all three parts, but it’s not difficult once you get the hang of the tune. My biggest suggestion for this piece would be a slow and steady tempo. With three parts, it will be tempting to speed along on the parts that are easier, then slow way down for the more difficult passages. Trust me on this one. A steady tempo played slower makes a much bigger impression and sets the stage for some nice playing as you gain speed. Use your METRONOME. It’s not a bad thing.:)
OK, here’s the guitar TAB and notation – Reel de Beatrice – Gtr TAB Notice that it’s a 2-pager.
It’s such a mild spring day here in the Midwest. I hope the weather is great where you are, too. So, get out your metronome for this one, and try this great tune out!