Peghead Nation instructors have released hours of new instruction in their courses, and here are the tunes and lessons we’ve just published for September 2022. Join us in any course and get your first month free. Just use promo code Learn22 at checkout!
D Minor Tuning and “Celia Connellan” Like G minor tuning, D minor tuning has just one note different from open-D tuning. Doug uses the Irish harp tune, “Celia Connellan” to demonstrate D minor tuning in this lesson.
Open-Position Scales Stash shows you the five most useful open-position scales on the guitar: G, C, D, A, and E. You’ll also learn to play the old-time country song “Wabash Cannonball” in G position in five keys in open position.
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 Mon “Big Mon” is one of Bill Monroe’s most popular original instrumentals. In Monroe’s solo in the original 1958 version he reverses the A and B parts.
Foggy Mountain Top The Carter Family song “Foggy Mountain Top” is an old-time and bluegrass favorite. John shows you how to play the melody in the key of F in closed position using double stops.
Go Jake “Go Jake” comes from guitarist Bill Frisell and was recorded on his album Nashville. It’s a very simple melody but it makes a great bluegrass jam tune. Joe shows you the melody and gives you ideas on improvising on the chords.
Receita de Samba “Receita de Samba” is another Jacob do Bandolim composition, and is a favorite at rodas de choros and wherever choros are played. The title translates as “samba recipe.” It’s in the key of G and has an eight-bar chordal intro.
Till There Was You The beautiful song “Till There Was You” was written for the popular 1950s musical The Music Man, and was also recorded by the Beatles. It has a standard 32-bar AABA form, and Aaron plays it as a rubato ballad.
Accompanying a Blues in D Joe shows you diatonic double stops in the key of D that you can use to accompany a blues. You’ll learn Mixolydian scales harmonized in sixths for the I7, IV7, and V7 chords in the key of D.
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.
Shuckin’ the Corn “Shuckin’ the Corn” is one of Earl Scruggs’s classic instrumentals. It’s based on a 12-bar blues form and the A part is two times through the 12-bar form while the B part is just one time through the form.
Sugar in the Gourd This version of “Sugar in the Gourd” comes from Uncle Norm Edmonds and is completely different from the fiddle tune with the same name played in A. This “Sugar in the Gourd” is a dance tune in the key of D.
Goodbye Liza Jane “Goodbye Liza Jane” is a fiddle jam session favorite popular in old-time, bluegrass, traditional jazz, and western swing circles. Chad teaches you a basic version and some elaborate variations on the A part.
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.
Mrs. MacLeod In this lesson, you’ll learn your first reel, a Scottish tune in the key of A called “Mrs. MacLeod.” You’ll also learn how to create your first “set” of tunes: “Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle”/”Cutting Ferns”/“Mrs. MacLeod.”
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