Easy Guitar

Will the Circle Be Unbroken – #Clawhammer #Banjo and #Flatpick #Guitar #Tablature

 

The recording is clawhammer banjo only but I’m including three easy flatpicking guitar arrangements as well as three clawhammer banjo tablatures.

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 1:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 2:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 3:

 

Melody and Accompaniment for Guitar:

 

EZ Flatpick Guitar Solo:

 

Intermediate Flatpick Guitar Solo:

Wildwood Flower – #Flatpick #Guitar, #Bluegrass and #Clawhammer #Banjo #Tablature

A few days after the attack on the World Trade Center my wife and I took the original words to all the verses of “The Star Spangled Banner” and used some of those that were appropriate as well as adding some of our own to create a patriotic song to the tune of Wildwood Flower. Following the video I’m including a bunch of different arrangements of Wildwood Flower including 4 for guitar, 3 for bluegrass banjo, and 3 for clawhammer banjo. The recording is in the key of G. Some of the arrangements are in G and others are in the key of C.

 

I’m going to add all of the arrangements to this post. Let me know if loading all of the different tabs causes problems with your computer and I can separate them into three different posts, but I’d like to leave them all together if it works out.

 

*** Guitar ***

 

Guitar – Key of G – Basic and Intermediate Arrangements:

 

Guitar – Key of G – Melody & Accompaniment with 1st verse of Star Spangled Flower:

 

Guitar – Key of C – EZ Flatpick Arrangement:

 

Guitar – Key of C – Intermediate Flatpick Arrangement:

 

*** Bluegrass Banjo ***

Note: All banjo arrangements are in the key of G.

 

Bluegrass Banjo Level 1:

 

Bluegrass Banjo Level 2:

 

Bluegrass Banjo Level 3 (Includes guitar accompaniment):

 

*** Clawhammer Banjo ***

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 1:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 2:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 3:

Sittin’ On Top of the World – #Clawhammer #Banjo and #Easy #Guitar #Flatpick

 

As with most of my clawhammer banjo tablatures, I began with just the basic melody and created three arrangements of increasing difficulty. The recording features the Level 3 arrangement. I’m also including a couple easy guitar arrangements in the tabs below. There is no guitar on the recording (it’s clawhammer banjo only).

 

Melody Only:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 1:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 2:

 

Clawhammer Banjo Level 3:

 

Guitar Melody & Accompaniment:

 

Guitar EZ Flatpick Solo:

Red River Valley – #Fingerstyle #Guitar – #Easy #Travis #Picking, #Pattern Picking, and #Flatpick #Strumming

 

Here are several arrangements to help you play Red River Valley on guitar:

 

Melody & Accompaniment:

Includes flatpick strumming but can be done fingerstyle as well.

 

Pattern Picking Accompaniment – Example 1:

Use your thumb to play bass notes on the count of 1 and 3 and your index and middle fingers to pluck the strings (instead of strumming) on the count of 2 and 4.

 

Pattern Picking Accompaniment – Example 2:

Use this pattern as an easy fingerstyle backup as you sing. The fingering is given as an example in the first measure.

 

Travis Picking:

A simple Travis picking arrangement that I played at the beginning of the recording.

 

EZ Flatpick:

An easy arrangement you can play if you prefer flatpicking.

Polly Wolly Doodle – #Clawhammer #Banjo and #Flatpicking #Guitar

Easy guitar and banjo arrangements for this fun old folk song…

 

I just did one clawhammer banjo arrangement for this tune. It’s Level 3 and includes drop thumb and slurred notes but simple chords and left hand fingering.

 

Here are three flatpick guitar arrangements. They’re all fairly simple but if you’re a beginner might be a little challenging. I played the “Intermediate Flatpick Solo” between two of the latter verses in the recording.

 

Melody and Accompaniment:

 

EZ Flatpick Solo:

 

Intermediate Flatpick Solo:

Listen to the Mocking Bird – #Easy #Guitar #Strumming #Tablature

Septimus Winner wrote “Listen to the Mocking Bird” under the pseudonym of Alice Hawthorne in 1854. He was also the author of “Whispering Hope,” “Ten Little Indians,” “Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone,” and many other songs. By 1905, the sheet music for “Listen to the Mocking Bird” had sold over twenty million copies, and the tune is still popular today. Many baby boomers are familiar with the tune as the musical theme for The Three Stooges. I haven’t done a recording for this but both the melody and chords are simple. Along with the bass notes in the strumming section (bottom line of tablature) I’ve included a walking bass pattern leading into most of the chord changes.

Here are the lyrics…

Listen to the Mocking Bird
by Alice Hawthorne (Septimus Winner)

I’m dreaming now of Hallie, sweet Hallie, sweet Hallie,
I’m dreaming now of Hallie,
For the thought of her is one that never dies.
She’s sleeping in the valley, the valley, the valley,
She’s sleeping in the valley,
And the mocking bird is singing where she lies.

Chorus:
Listen to the mocking bird, Listen to the mocking bird,
The mocking bird still singing o’er her grave;
Listen to the mocking bird, Listen to the mocking bird,
Still singing where the weeping willows wave.

Ah! well I yet remember, remember, remember,
Ah! well I yet remember,
When we gathered in the cotton side by side.
‘Twas in the mild September, September, September,
‘Twas in the mild September,
And the mocking bird was singing far and wide.

Repeat Chorus

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