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!
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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.:)