Down Yonder

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!

Blessings

Sarah Armstrong

The tune of the day is

SARAH  ARMSTRONG

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. ūüôā

Here is the TAB: sarah-armstrong-gtr-tab

As always, grab your guitar and try it out!

Blessings

Boy, is it windy!

Today’s tune is

TEXAS  GALES

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!

Blessings

 

Soldier’s Joy

OK, one of the most popular fiddle/flatpicking/mandolin tunes ever! There are so many variations of this tune that it would make your head spin. With that in mind, I have posted a simple version, and when you get that down, then you can expand it to your heart’s content.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Soldier’s Joy – Gtr TAB

I found an old video of Soldier’s Joy, performed at a jam in Minnesota in 2007. There is a nice blend of banjo, autoharp, guitar, and fiddle.

As always, grab your guitar and try it out. You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

Wildwood Flower

The tune of the day is

WILDWOOD  FLOWER

I first learned this tune on the mountain dulcimer, and I still enjoy playing it every once in a while.:)¬†Wildwood Flower¬†is a very common tune among guitar players, and many play it “Carter” style. Here, however, I have notated it out with just the basic melody to make it easier to learn and play along with others.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Wildwood Flower – Gtr TAB

Since I had learned this on the mountain dulcimer, and I used to have a teaching video by David Schnaufer, I thought it quite fitting to feature his playing here! He passed away in 2006, and the world lost a wonderful musician! One note: Most mountain dulcimers are tuned in the key of D, so you can just put a capo on the 2nd fret, and you will jump from the key of C to the key of D! Viola!

HOWEVER – I went back and played along with David Schnaufer’s video, and he is in the key of C. ūüôā So you can jam with him without using a capo. TaDa!

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2006/08/dulcimer-virtuoso-david-schnaufer-dead-at-53-taught-at-vanderbilt

 

We are getting some blessed rain (hooray!) and it sure makes for a grateful heart. So….grab your guitar, and play some music.:) You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

Blackberry Blossom

Blackberry, Blossom, Bloom, White, Plant, Nature, Close

Today’s tune is

BLACKBERRY  BLOSSOM

This is a tune that I had to work up the courage to tackle! The B part is not bad, but the A part is much more difficult. The key here is to just take it as slowly as you need to get the patterns down and to play it cleanly. Blackberry Blossom is challenging on any instrument! One way that I found to make it easier on the guitar was to go up the neck for the “above the staff” notes. So you’ll see that you will play up at the 7th and 8th frets in measures 1,2, 5, & 6 in the A part, and measure 4 in the B part. Even though it looks scary, it’s really easier than the stretches is you play it at the normal position.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Blackberry Blossom – Gtr TAB

There were a million videos to choose from, so I chose this one because of the banjo!

As always, now is a great time to grab your guitar and try this one out. You will be glad that you did!

Blessings

Ragtime Annie

The tune of the day is

RAGTIME  ANNIE

Ragtime Annie is an old fiddle tune standard, and many guitarist flatpick as well. The version here is the VERY basic, but it’s playable with anyone else.:) There is sometimes a 3rd part, but I chose not to include that here just to keep things simple.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Ragtime Annie – Gtr TAB

There was no lack of videos with which to demonstrate Ragtime Annie, so I randomly chose this one.

It’s rainy and wet here in the Midwest, and a perfectly good time to sit a spell with your guitar. Get it out – 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.

 

 

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

 

Old Joe Clark

Today’s tune is

OLD  JOE  CLARK

This tune is another one of those “standard” jam tunes. It is easy to learn and play, and lots of people know it if you call it. I found it mostly in the key of A, but our dulcimer group played it in the key of D, and some play it in G. I have notated it here in the key of A.

In researching this tune, I found this information at http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/indexes/songs/oldjoeclark/

“Old Joe Clark is an American fiddle tune that is well-known throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Many different verses and choruses have been sung to the tune. The song’s origins are unclear, as is the identity of Joe Clark himself, if the title did actually derive from a namesake. Various claims indicate that Joe Clark may have been a moonshiner in the Virginia hills, a veteran of the War of 1812, or a banjo player from Clay County, Kentucky.”

So, here is the guitar TAB and notation – Old Joe Clark – Gtr TAB

Since I really enjoy the banjo, I chose a YouTube video of Old Joe Clark being played in not one but two banjos!

The days are getting warmer here as winter is drawing to a close, and it’s the perfect time to get out your guitar for bit, and work on this old-time tune. You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings