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[MUSIC]
Well here you have the really
pretty old song Shenandoah.
And now we're doing it just in the key of
G.
And this is sort of a, a, a very simple,
pretty melody, so I left the music and
the tablature pretty simple, so you can
just worry about the notes of the melody.
There's not really too much to know with
the music itself,
it just playing it smooth and clean and
it,
that's sort of the goal, just letting the
melody kinda speak for itself.
And there's only one really tricky thing
with this song,
and it's a timing thing and it happens
right at the end.
So, you know, for the most of the song
it's a 4/4 time, four beats per measure.
One, two, three, four.
All the measures go by like that, except
for the very end of the song,
the second to last measure is actually two
beats instead of four and
you can hear that happen in the melody.
So, if we were to go from say the fourth
to last line,
the last four lines of the music, it
sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
So it changes the timing just a little
bit, it's not really anything you need to
be too concerned about because
the melody guides you right through that,
but it's just something to be aware of.
[MUSIC]
That little piece.
Although, as I say, if you're singing,
humming along,
you probably wouldn't even know but there
is one bar of,
of a two beat measure as opposed to a four
beat measure happens right at the end.
And it sorta makes things like that,
little ways that some of these songs
change just one small thing,
really actually makes the song interesting
and unique.
So, that's something to pay attention to.
Now, like I say, this, this version is
pretty simple, you can just, you know,
look at the music and follow along, you
know it, the, the first few lines.
[MUSIC]
That's sort of a roll.
[MUSIC]
And then here, you know,
is the only real higher up the neck part.
[SOUND] And the way I do that where I get
these two single notes,
[SOUND] and then that double stop is I use
my middle finger, [SOUND] twice.
Middle finger, middle finger, [SOUND] and
then I pinch thumb and index.
[SOUND] And that makes for a nice smooth
transition.
[SOUND] Now, one other thing I wanted to
mention with this song, is, you can,
the chord, you know, you can sort of
embellish this a little bit,
if you feel the need.
The chords I have list in the music are
sort of a simplified version.
So you've got, G.
[MUSIC]
And then, C.
[SOUND] D.
[MUSIC]
G again, and then E.
[MUSIC]
C.
[MUSIC]
But you can, there's actually a chord
substitution you can do for the second
measure of G.
So you see there's a couple pickup,
there's a pickup note in the first
measure.
Second measure is a G chord.
You can actually make that third measure,
a B minor, so
it might sound something like this, if you
wanna add a few of those B minor notes.
[MUSIC]
You know,
you can even add a few notes to that G,
just as the, that chord notes.
[MUSIC]
So
that would be the third measure that you
see.
[MUSIC]
You could make that a B minor.
[SOUND] And then C, [SOUND] and D as
listed.
[MUSIC]
That's G.
And then.
[MUSIC]
That's another place you can play that
note.
[SOUND] You can play it on the second fret
of the high string or
the ninth fret of the third string.
[MUSIC]
And
get some of those E minor notes in there.
Now when you're playing a minor chord, you
wanna watch to avoid the fifth string and
the second string because that's, those
are your major notes so.
[MUSIC]
So you can add a few chord tones there.
[MUSIC]
So like I said, what I gave you is
the very simplified melodic version,
you can start to add little chord notes in
if you feel comfortable.
But this song should be pretty easy for
you.
Play along to the track and hope you enjoy
this sorta classic tune, Shenandoah.
[MUSIC]