Peghead Nation instructors have released hours of new instruction in their courses, and here are the tunes and lessons we’ve just published for July 2022. Join us in any course and get your first month free. Just use promo code Learn22 at checkout!
Norwegian Wood Learn to play an arrangement of the Beatles’ classic “Norwegian Wood” in Orkney tuning in the key of G. Doug also uses “Norwegian Wood” to show you how to play major scales and modes in Orkney tuning.
Scale Construction The major scale is the most used scale in roots music, so it’s good to understand how it’s constructed. Stash shows you the G major scale all on the G string and gives you exercises to help you visualize the major scale.
Winder Slide The old-time fiddle tune “Winder Slide” is a beautiful, quirky melody in the key of D, with an extra measure at the end of the B part. Most people know it from fiddler Rayna Gellert’s version.
Big Sciota The old-time fiddle tune “Big Sciota” was introduced to the bluegrass world with the 1993 recording Skip, Hop and Wobble by Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Edgar Meyer, and Sam Bush. Since then it has become a bluegrass jam session favorite.
Gotta Travel On Bill Monroe’s 1958 recording of “Gotta Travel On” is in the key of D and Monroe plays the solo in open position, with a lot of big chords and ringing open strings.
Indian Killed a Woodcock The fiddle tune “Indian Killed a Woodcock” comes from Kenny Baker, best-known for his fiddling with Bill Monroe. It’s a bright dance tune in the key of G and is popular in old-time and bluegrass circles.
Kissimee Kid “Kissimee Kid” comes from bluegrass fiddle icon Vassar Clements, whose tunes tend to have fairly loose melodies. Joe shows you a version of the melody on the A parts and talks about how to create your own version of the B part.
Si Bheag, Si Mhor Turlough O’Carolan’s beautiful waltz “Si Bheag, Si Mhor” is one of the most beloved tunes in Irish music. The title is translated as “the big fairy hill and the little fairy hill.”
Learn to play Brazilian choro music on the mandolin with young Brazilian virtuoso Ian Coury, from the classic sounds of Jacob do Bandolim to the modern style of Hamilton Holanda. Includes play-along tracks with Ian’s Brazilian backing band. Take a look at his course introduction video here!
Eu Quero é Sossego The title of the choro “Eu Quero é Sossego” means “I just want peace” in Brazilian. It’s a beautiful melody in D minor that can be interpreted in many different ways.
“Lady Be Good” Intros Aaron shows you four different intros for “Lady Be Good.” Each intro takes a different approach: repeating the first part of the melody, playing a repeating rhythmic figure, and more.
Medicine Bow The D major waltz “Medicine Bow” was written by mandolin legend Peter Ostroushko, who was Joe’s first teacher. It’s a beautiful, spare melody that Peter played on the fiddle, but it’s perfect for the octave mandolin.
The Ballad of Jed Clampett The theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” was a Number 1 hit song for Flatt and Scruggs. Bill teaches you a version based on the way Earl played it.
“Dixie Hoedown” Melodic Style The bluegrass fiddle tune “Dixie Hoedown” is a bluegrass jam session favorite. It’s also a melodic banjo classic, and in this lesson, Wes shows you a melodic-style version of “Dixie Hoedown.”
Shooting Creek “Shooting Creek” is a popular square dance tune in the key of D, played in double D tuning. Popular versions include those by the Fuzzy Mountain String Band and Bruce’s band Molsky’s Mountain Drifters.
Cowboy Waltz “Cowboy Waltz” is a beautiful fiddle waltz in the key of D that was composed by folk music icon Woody Guthrie.
Blue Ridge Cabin Home “Blue Ridge Cabin Home” is a bluegrass classic that comes from Flatt and Scruggs. In this lesson you’ll learn to play a simple solo on “Blue Ridge Cabin Home” in the key of A with drones and double stops.
In Beginning Celtic Fiddle with Emerald Rae, you’ll learn to play the fiddle from scratch using traditional Scottish and Irish melodies. Emerald starts at the very beginning, showing you how to hold the fiddle and bow and breaking down essential techniques for both hands. She then moves into teaching easy versions of popular Celtic tunes and songs, building your skills as you go.
Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle “Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle” is a traditional Scottish pipe tune in the key of A that uses the Mixolydian scale . Emerald shows you the melody and bowing as well as a couple of simple pipe ornaments.
PLAY-ALONG RHYTHM TRACKS – Available to all subscribers. Guitar accompaniment video, downloadable audio, and chord charts for popular bluegrass, old-time, and roots tunes and songs.
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