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

Sarah Armstrong

The tune of the day is

SARAH  ARMSTRONG

This is an old fiddle tune that seems to be pretty popular in lots of places, and is another one of those cross-over tunes. You can’t go wrong learning this tune. It is pretty straightforward in the key of D. In tabbing this one out, I stuck to the basics except in the triplets in both the A part and the B part. In my experience, playing the triplet the way I tabbed it is easier than utilizing the open B string for the B note. Try it both ways, and play the way that suits you. 🙂

Here is the TAB: sarah-armstrong-gtr-tab

As always, grab your guitar and try it out!

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

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