This page contains songs and notes for my students
in the Folk Guitar course at the Burlington Senior’s Centre,
Burlington, Ontario, winter, 2015.
Here it is! The recording of our radio show. Let me know what you think.
- This Land is Your Land
- Riddle Song,
- Log Driver’s Song
- TRIO: Country Roads
- Tennessee Waltz
- Peter Barrett: Universal Soldier
- Down Along the Dixie Line
- TRIO: Funny How Time Slips Away
- TRIO: Green, Green
- Carolina in the Fall
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me
Radio show trial run
A test recording … see what you think:
Two takes on “Down Along the Dixie Line”:
I hope you found something interesting in the material we looked at today. It is challenging stuff, perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but taken together the songs are an example of a different sort of approach to fingerpicking and accompanying a lyric. Lots of variability, but lots of complexity, too. It’s the vocabulary of folk guitar, but kicked up a notch.
Bruce Cockburn, “One Day I Walk”
Joni Mitchell, “Morning Morgantown”
Leonard Cohen, “Bird on the Wire”
This is just something to listen to, as there is a lot of interesting stuff going on guitar-wise. Bruce Cockburn’s, “Let Us Go Laughing”:
The class notes from this week: Winter Week 2_fingerstyle 1
The Riddle Song
Capo to the second fret to play along using the chords given in the class notes.
Can you spot the differences between these two recordings? In both cases, Doc Watson sings, “The Riddle Song.” The major difference, of course, is that the first is a studio recording, while the second is a live recording. Beyond that, what other things are going on?
Riddles wisely expounded (Child Ballad #1)
Capo to the third fret to play along using the chords as given in the class notes.
Listen closely to what Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer do in order to keep the story going, and to keep a listener’s interest. It’s a long, repetitive song, which is very challenging to present, and I think they do a great job.
Fare Thee Well
capo to the second fret to play along using the chords as given in class (it is played here in the key of D)
Click here for youtube version.
This recording is not in the same key as we’ve used in class. To play along, capo to the 4th fret and play as if you’re in the key of C. Here are the chords you’ll need: C, F, G. See if you can do it! It’s actually a good exercise in using your ear to follow along.
Click here for youtube version.
He was a friend of mine
This recording is in the key of D. You can play it open in D, or capo to the second fret and play it as if it is in C:
Click here for a youtube version. This is a beautiful version, and the guitar is played finger style in an alternate tuning. The sound, and the style, is almost—in fact, I’d say that it is—slack key, which is a style of playing that is typical of Hawaiian music.
Log Driver’s Song
This recording is in the key of F.
This song is written by Mac Beattie and recorded by Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers. The Ottawa Valley, like Cape Breton, is one of the few areas of Canada that has a distinctive folk music that is still maintained by the communities that live there. Go any weekend to the Pembroke farmer’s market, and you’ll see a fiddler, if not a few, that is worth the drive. Sometimes, locals who have gone on to careers in music, such as April Verch, are there playing along as well. The musical culture really flourished in the dance halls, which were a product of the blue laws–those that forbade drinking and dancing in the same building. When those laws were removed, the dance halls closed down, and the musical culture took a hit. There aren’t the stars there used to be, such as Mac Beattie, but there are many people who keep the music and its culture alive. The fiddle week is the last of August, and it is one of the best festivals in Canada gauged upon the quality and the honesty of the music. For more, see the lovely short documentary from Global TV, The Land Where the Music Lives.