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.
As always, have fun learning these new tunes!
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.
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.
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!
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.:)
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!
The tune of the day is
I learned this tune on the mandolin from a fiddler friend, and it seems like just the tune for the guitar as well. I found it in two main keys – a Norman Blake version played in the key of D, and a “traditional” version played in G, so I included notation and TAB for both keys. The fingering for the D version is much easier on the guitar, so you could put your capo on the 5th fret in order to play it in G with someone else. BUT, the fingering for the key of G (without using your capo) is a bit more challenging because it’s played up the neck at the 7th and 8th frets in the B part, so you might feel like expanding your horizons and working up higher than usual. Whichever works best for you, at the skill level that you are, is what is best for you.:) The goal is to play the tune and have fun doing it!
Here is the guitar TAB and notation –
Here is the tune played in the key of D on the mandola. I chose this because the mandola has a nice sound and the playing is simple and well-done.
The temps outside are getting warmer here in the Midwest, so it just seems perfect to get out your guitar and work on this peppy little hornpipe. You’ll be so glad that you did.:)
The tune of the day is
This fiddle tune is often spelled Daley’s Reel. It is normally played in the key of Bb, which is fine for the mandolin or fiddle, but the chords are not as fun for a guitar player, so I’ve transposed it to the key of G, and you can put your capo on the 3rd fret to put it into the key of Bb! Or….you can just enjoy it without the capo in the key of G. This tune has long been on my list to learn, and the other day, I decided that It Was Time to do it!
Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Dailey’s Reel – Gtr TAB
I chose this version from the YouTube offerings because it is done a bit slower than some and is very similar note-wise to the notated music here. There is an awesome Bryan Sutton flatpick guitar version as well.
As always, you know I’m going to say, “Get out your guitar and run through this a few times.” You’ll be glad that you did!
The tune of the day is
GREEN FIELDS OF AMERICA
This Irish reel is in the key of G, even though the initial chord is C. The one sharp (F#) is what indicates the key. I have heard this played by a fiddler who played is slower than a reel and with a bit of a lilt, and it was beautiful! I think it sounds pretty on the guitar as well. One note – I found basically two different endings in my research, and since both were common, I just notated the alternate ending, which would be the final four measures when playing the B part the second time through before going back to the A part.
Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Green Fields of America – Gtr TAB
This particular fiddler plays Green Fields of America at a nice tempo, and I know it will make your learning go a bit easier.
Now is the time for all good men ~and women~ to get their guitars and pick! (I couldn’t resist – back in my school days, in typing class, we had to type “Now is the time for all good men to come to aid of their country” many, many, many times:))
Since it is a New Year, you get a special deal today! LOL The tunes go together, so I just wanted to present them in the same post.:)
These two tunes are quite interesting, chord structurally. Joe Banes is played first, and it begins in the key of G, then drops to the relative minor, Em, in the B part. When you proceed on to Gypsy Princess, it begins in Em, then switches to the key of G in the B part, so then it comes around full circle to the key of G. For this music geek, it’s kind of cool…
Anyway, this set is also played in the key of A as well, so if you run across someone who wants to play it in A, just use your trusty capo on the the 2nd fret, and voila, you can play your G chords which now sound like A! Isn’t a capo such a wonderful tool?
Here is the guitar TAB and notation:
The video I chose to help you learn these tunes was picked because I like how they play the tunes as a team, as well as the fact that they aren’t playing at lightning speed. 🙂
For those who are enjoying an extended Christmas break, NOW is the time to work on these tunes. You’ll be glad that you did!