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!
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!
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!
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!