Scarborough Fair

In this lesson, Charlie will introduce us to a traditional melody, a tune called Scarborough Fair.

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Let's take a look at a traditional melody, a tune called Scarborough Fair. I'll break this into four different sections. Separate each section, and then put them all together. Let's take a look at it.

Starting off with my second finger sitting on an A note, which is on the G string, second fret, I play that simultaneously with my A bass. I'm using my thumb to play the bass, and my first finger to play the A on the octave ...

I then drop down, and play my E note with my first finger here, on the D string, second fret, ... play that also with my thumb ... and then grabbing with my first finger the A again on the octave ...

Following two notes, I have my open E at the top. I'm using my third finger, or my A finger on my right hand, and thumb playing the bass ... Go back, grab my E note with my second finger which is our D string second fret, and playing that with my thumb on the right hand, ... followed again by my open E ...

Then go to my G ... which is on the third fret of my E string, and open B using my third finger on that third fret on my left hand, and of course my open B string, which is my second string ...

Dropping down and grabbing my open D with my thumb ... first finger plays the C to a B ...

Returning back to my open A string and my A note with my second finger ... and concluding this first section with an E note, first finger, ... and the A note that my second finger is still sitting on ... I can play both of those with my right hand with my thumb ...

Let's take a closer look at what's happening with that right hand ...

Section two starts off with my open A string played with my thumb on the right hand ... I'm going to play open E ... G with my first finger on the third fret ... and all the way up to and A, with my third or fourth finger, whichever one you prefer. Go back to my A bass with my thumb ... back to my G ... playing my C note and my E note together ... F# and D, F# is on my second fret of the E string with my second finger and my open D string ... followed by a D note, on the B string, third fret, ... and then my open A string, and my open E string together ... last two notes in this section are E, and A ...

And another close up of section two with the right hand ...

Moving along with section three, we have again, starting off with our thumb ... on our bass note, on our A, and we are going to our fifth fret of the E string and we have a couple more A's in that section there. So starting off with our thumb playing the bass ... and our forth finger playing the A on the fifth fret of the E string. We play that A three times ... back to our A bass ... and then followed by our A again, on the fifth fret of the E string ...

Moving down to our C, third fret of the A string, and placing my forth finger down here on the G, which is also on the third fret of the E string. Pinch both of those ... grab my open G ... and my open E ...

Next little run is C and open E ... that's third fret open E string to my second fret using my second finger on a B note, and I move my forth finger down to a D ... playing both of those notes together ... and then open A and C ... first finger, first fret of the B string for the C note and, of course, open A ... and following that with a G on the bass third fret E string and my open B string ... last two notes in this third section are open D ... and open G ...

And let's check out the right hand on section three ...

In our final section, start off with our second finger on the A note playing the A bass, right hand with our thumb first finger ... once again, grabbing that E note with our first finger on our left hand ... and then my open E ...

Next move, I'm going to an F, which is on the first fret of my E string with my first finger, and my forth finger, my pinkie is going to play the D on the B string third fret ... then grabbing my open D ... and C with my first finger ... third finger on G and I play my open B ... A note, open G ... play my open A, and my A (octave) together, thumb and first finger, pinch ... grabbing my E ... and my A separately ...

Finishing that last section off with my open A, E and A. Pretty much play those with my thumb ... so, the final section ...

And finally, taking a look at our right hand on section four ...

And that concludes our traditional piece Scarborough Fair. Good luck with it. Enjoy! We'll see you next time.

 

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