New sheet music – Bobby Casey’s

Man its been a while since i have updated this blog. Ill try to be better at that. I guess alot of times life gets busy and I feel I have nothing interesting to say about guitar playing. Since we have been snowed in here in Portland for the last few days I have had to sit down and record …

Flatpicking in CFCGCD Tuning

Lately I have been spending some of my practice time exploring the CFCGCD tuning. Steve Baughman uses it for a few tunes on his Celtic Guitar DVD, and John Doyle talks about it some in a recent issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine. I am amazed at how quickly some folks can pick up tunings and seem to map out the …

Celtic Guitar Tab: Granny In the Corner

Next up is another transcription of one of my arrangements. This one is a great melodic reel called Granny In the Corner. Irish tunes sure do have funny names. I picked it up from my friend and teacher Steve Baughman during a trip to San Francisco back in May.  He started flatpicking it and I just knew it would make …

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CFCGCD tuning

I want to talk today about a new tuning I have been playing with, and present a simple arrangement to go along with it. I am mostly known for using the Orkney tuning which is CGDGCD. I picked it up from Steve Baughman many years ago and it has been my main tuning ever since. I used it for all …

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New Arrangement : The Irish Sea

I have a new Celtic Guitar Masterclass column up at Guitarbench.com  This one is a beginning celtic fingerstyleg guitar piece called the Irish Sea.  Its a simple arrangement in the Orkney tuning that will get folks started, and I hope will provide some ideas for some of their own arrangements. I hope you enjoy it, let me know if there …

Tobins Jig for Guitar, Pt 2.

Hi Folks, Sorry this blog post is a bit overdue.  Its more time consuming than i thought to notate all the parts of the arrangement, then record it, and make sure everything matches up. I found some mistakes in the Tobin’s part 1 post, sorry for that.  I had forgotten about the capo at the second fret when i notated …

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Tobins Jig for Guitar, Pt 1.

Hi Folks, One of my readers suggested i post a blog topic about technique, how i work through an arrangement, getting a tune up to speed, etc.  I thought i would try to cover some of the topics in the context of working through an arrangement from start to finish.  That way folks can see where i am coming from, …

Princess Royal for Guitar

If you surf on over to www.acousticfingerstyle.com there is a short article/arrangement by me on Princess Royal for guitar.  Its a classic O’Carolan tune that works well in the Orkney Tuning. Princess Royal at AcousticFingerstyle.com Check it out, and let me know what you think. Anton

Final Version of Father Kellys

All right, so here is the full version of Father Kellys.  Sorry this took so long, i meant to do it in three consecutive weeks so folks could have stuff to build upon, but the regular responsibilities of life kept getting in the way.  I think this version is pretty straight forward.  I have added in a few grace, triplets, …

Father Kelly’s Part II

  Hi Folks, So here is part two of this Father Kelly’s arrangement.  The first version was pretty basic, I just laid the melody out on the strings and added in some bass notes when i could.  This second version improves on things a bit.  Lets take a look at the changes.. 1.  Measures 1 and 5.  I have changed …