Two Jigs

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.

Tripping Up The Stairs – Gtr TAB

Swallowtail Jig – Gtr TAB

As always, have fun learning these new tunes!

Blessings

Road to Lisdoonvarna

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!

Blessings

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

Britches Full of Stitches

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.

Britches Full of Stitches – Gtr TAB

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!

Blessings

Two New Tunes!

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.

Irish Lamentation – Gtr TAB

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!

Blessings

Teviot Bridge

Today’s tune is

TEVIOT  BRIDGE

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!

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

 

Jeff Sturgeon

Today’s tune is

JEFF  STURGEON

No, we’re not going fishing! This old-time fiddle tune is great fun to play. It is one of those modal tunes with just a wonderful “feel” to it.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Jeff Sturgeon – Gtr TAB

In the TAB, you will notice that I am taking you up the neck for the first three measures. For small hands like mine, it is much easier to play there rather than in first position.

As always, it’s a lot of fun to get out your guitar and play a spell – go ahead, you’ll be glad that you did!

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