Sunday, February 25

Discover “Sidh Beag, Sidh Mor,” a Traditional Celtic Song Arranged in Standard Tuning

This plan by Al Petteway, who died in October 2023, is excerpted from Acoustic Guitar Solo Fingerstyle Basics. For more about Petteway, see the gratitude here.

Lots of guitar players play in open tunings that they often forget about excellent old basic tuning– E A D G B E. Although DADGAD or another open tuning might appear to be best for a standard or Celtic tune, it’s constantly worth inspecting out the possibilities in basic tuning. I as soon as chose to relearn all the Celtic tunes– like “Sidh Beag, Sidh Mor” and others I had actually been playing– in both basic and DADGAD. That method I would not need to take valuable time to tune throughout efficiencies or take a trip with 2 instruments. I discovered that it was simply as pleasurable to play the pieces in basic tuning as long as I discovered the best essential positions.

“Sidh Beag, Sidh Mor” is an 18th-century harp tune, composed by the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan. After attempting the tune in the secrets of G, C, and D significant, I decided on C in basic tuning. In C position, the majority of the melody notes are obtainable without leaving very first position, and all the needed bass notes are quickly played.

Consider this transcription like a plan. It will get you where you wish to go, however you should take your own picturesque paths along the method if the journey is to be gratifying. When you understand the tune and chord structure, escape the composed page and deal with the piece by ear. Not just will this offer you more flexibility to come up with initial concepts, however it will likewise permit you to listen more thoroughly to the noise you are making and totally free you to play more musically.

Al Petteway

Al Petteway was a well-known fingerstyle guitar player and guitar instructor.

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