Peghead Nation instructors have released hours of new instruction in their courses, and here are the tunes and lessons we’ve just published for June 2023. Join us in any course and get your first month free. Just use promo code Learn23 at checkout!
C Wahine Tuning and “Planxty George Brabazon” C wahine tuning (CGDGBD) can be thought of as a major ninth tuning with C as the root, but it also works well for songs in G, like the O’Carolan tune “Planxty George Brabazon.”
Closed-Position Scales, Position 2A Stash shows you position 2A at the bottom of the neck (in the key of B) and then shows you how to play “We Live In Two Different Worlds” with pattern 2A in the key of G, up at the ninth to 13th frets.
Buddies in the Saddle The lead that Maybelle Carter plays on the cowboy song “Buddies in the Saddle” is unusual because much of it is on the upper strings instead of the bass strings, and a rhythm guitar player is playing behind her.
The Hare’s Paw “The Hare’s Paw” is a reel in the keys of G and E minor. Flynn plays a lot of it in second position and uses guitaristic slides, “trebles,” and slurred triplets.
We’re happy to announce the latest Peghead Nation course, Western Swing Guitar, taught by the great Matt Munisteri. In this course, you’ll learn to play the classic western swing rhythm style pioneered by Eldon Shamblin, as well as “twin guitar” solos from Bob Wills’s guitarists and the soloing styles of greats like Junior Bernard, Jimmy Wyble, and others.
The extensive lessons in Western Swing Guitar include transcriptions of Shamblin’s groundbreaking chordal work, as well as transcriptions of twin guitar solos from songs like “Roly Poly,” “Bob Wills Special,” and “I Hear You Talking.” You’ll learn Western swing classics from Bob Wills, Leon McAuliffe, and others, with arrangements of classic songs like “Faded Love,” “Panhandle Rag,” “Right or Wrong,” and more. Matt will add new lessons to the course each month, and all lessons include detailed notation and Play-Along Track videos and audio downloads so you can play along with Matt.
Learn to play swing and jazz melodies and classic solos from jazz legends like Lester Young, Miles Davis, and Django Reinhardt, as well as swing mandolinists like Tiny Moore and Jethro Burns. For each song, you’ll learn the melody and a solo, along with tips on technique, phrasing, and improvisation.
So What Miles Davis’s “So What” comes from one of the most popular jazz albums in history, Kind of Blue, which started the modal jazz movement in 1959. “So What” is based on the Dorian mode, in the keys of D and Eb Dorian. You’ll learn the melody to “So What” as well as Miles’s solo, which is a beautiful example of developing a melody in an improvisation.
Linda Lou “Linda Lou” was written by Carl Butler, who played guitar on the recording. There is no mandolin solo on the recording, so Mike wrote one that follows the melody and uses a lot of Monroe’s typical phrases in the key of G.
Hogeye “Hogeye” (sometimes called “Sally in the Garden with the Hogeyed Man”) is a three-part fiddle tune in the key of A that is somewhat reminiscent of “Fire on the Mountain.” John learned “Hogeye” from fiddler Paul Shelasky.
Cody Road “Cody Road” comes from mandolinist Andrew Marlin, who plays with the bands Mighty Poplar and Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange). It’s in the key of E minor and has an AABA form.
Remeleixo The choro “Remeleixo” was composed by Jacob do Bandolim in response to criticism that his music was too difficult. Jacob decided to compose something with a groove, and the result was “Remeleixo.”
How Am I to Know? “How Am I to Know?” was written in 1929 by Jack King with lyrics by Dorothy Parker. It has an interesting chord progression and a melody that allows for an arrangement where the melody is combined with a rhythm part.
Big-Footed Man in the Sandy Lot “Big-Footed Man in the Sandy Lot” is an old-time fiddle tune in the key of G that Joe learned from bluegrass fiddler Bobby Britt, who recorded it on his album Alaya.
Goodbye Liza Jane “Goodbye Liza Jane” is a classic fiddle tune and festival jam session favorite. Wes’s arrangement combines single-string and melodic style.
Red Rocking Chair “Red Rocking Chair” is a well-known traditional song and is also known as “Sugar Babe,” “Honey Babe,” and “Ain’t Got No Honey Baby, Now.” Bruce plays it in the key of G, in standard G tuning.
Take Me Back to Tulsa “Take Me Back to Tulsa” is a western swing classic. In this lesson, you’ll learn the melody as well as a solo by fiddler Louis Tierney from the 1941 Bob Wills recording of “Take Me Back to Tulsa.”
The Parting Glass “The Parting Glass” is one of the most popular traditional Irish songs, and is often sung and/or played at the end of seisiúns. It’s in the key of Em, and is played as an air, with no steady pulse.
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