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!
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…:)
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!
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!
The tune of the day is
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!
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!
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.:)