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. 🙂 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

Chez Seychelle

Today’s tune is

CHEZ  SEYCHELLES

This tune is a Cajun waltz that is just wonderful to play! It came across my path from a jam friend, and I fell in love with it.:) I have found it played in different keys, and chose this one for ease of playing. Although it begins with an F chord, the tune is actually in the key of C, no flats or sharps. The video that I found by Beausoleil really gives the feel of the tune! If you want to play along with them, they are playing in the key of F (one flat), so just put your guitar capo on the fifth fret, play the F, C, & G chords in the notation, and you will be playing in the correct key to join in with Beausoleil! 🙂

Here is the notation and TAB –Chez Seychelles

After a lot of rain here in the Midwest, it is warm and sunny, and just perfect for sitting outside with your guitar. Go ahead, you’ll be so 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

One of those weird tune names….

Today’s tune is

DUCK’S  EYEBALL

This North Carolina tune dating back at least to 1852 was originally titled Rainbow Schottische. I, for one, am certainly glad that the title has changed to Duck’s Eyeball, even though it’s a really weird name. In any event, it’s a really great tune that I found on YouTube being played by Rich Hartness and friends. It is crooked, meaning that it has some differently timed measure, or more or less measures than the standard 8 per A and B part. This has a 2/4 measure at the second ending of the A part, and if you listen to the video below, you’ll easily hear it. Lots of old-time fiddle tunes have crooked things in them, which makes them fun and challenging to play.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Duck’s Eyeball – Gtr TAB

And the video mentioned above….

The sun is shining, the weather is mild, and it’s a great day to lift your spirits with a peppy tune. Go ahead – you’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

The Indian

Today’s tune is a another French-Canadian tune called The Indian. What makes this tune so fun to play is that it begins in the key of G, and then switches to the key of C for the B part. On the surface, it looks fairly easy, but I found out real quick that it takes some work to play it up to speed. We have an accordion player in our group who, when this tune is called, really cranks it up tempo. That makes it fun, but definitely more challenging.:) THe melody does follow the chord structure a good part of the time, so that’s a little hint on how to place your fingers, as well as utilizing the open strings.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Indian, The – Gtr TAB

I could not find any video so that you could hear it played….

As always, put down the remote, the device, the cell, and pick up your guitar. You’ll be glad that you did!!

Blessings

Reel de Beatrice

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!

Blessings

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.