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Steve Baughman – Orkney Tuning Lessons

My friend Steve Baughman has a new series of humorous Orkney tuning lessons up on youtube. Here is the first one in the series. It walks beginners through some basic chord shapes, riffs, and ends with a beautiful arrangement of Danny Boy.

Feature in Fingerstyle 360 Magazine

Bill Piburn, formerly of the physical magazine Fingerstyle Guitar has started a new digital magazine called Fingerstyle 360  It focuses on various styles of fingerstyle guitar around the globe and includes video and audio content as well as sheet music. The great thing about this digital format is that readers can just click on an audio or video link within …

New Steve Baughman Videos

My friend and teacher Steve Baughman recently put up a few new Youtube videos, and I wanted to post them here. They are truly some beautiful arrangements, and I think the second one really showcases the great touch and tone Steve gets with his right hand. Be sure to watch the whole thing of Nearer My God to Thee. It …

Fingerstyle Guitar Duets – Doug Young and Teja Gerken

My friend Doug Young, along with Teja Gerken, recently wrote a really cool article for Acoustic Guitar Magazine on fingerstyle guitar duets. They look at various ways to arrange for two guitars, and present a tasty version St Anne’s Reel for two guitars. Fingerstyle guitar duets are one of my favorite configurations. With two players who both have the ability …

Orkney Guitar Chords

Way back when I first started this blog I put up some basic chords in the CGDGCD (Orkney) tuning. They were created using a piece of software called Fretty Charts, which was put together by guitarist Simon Fox. I think he has since taken it down, but this software filled the simple need of quickly being able generate chord graphics …

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Steve Baughman: Clawhammer Guitar

My friend and mentor Steve Baughnan just released two new clawhammer guitar videos up on youtube. They were filmed at Doug Young’s studio and showcase Steve’s tune “Wasilla Weed” as well as give a basic primer on the clawhammer technique. Steve has a new DVD out at CDBaby called the Power of Claw. So what is clawhammer guitar? In a …

Guitar Arrangement – The Drunken Gauger

Here is a fun tune i got off Grey Larsen and Paddy League’s cd, The Dark of the Moon.  Apparently the guager was someone who would go around with a short measuring stick and make sure folks were getting a full pint of beer when they were being served in pubs.  I can see how that line of work might …

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O’Carolan’s Receipt for guitar

Well, i wanted to try and post something once a week, but it may end up being more than that.  Notating these full arrangements takes a while sometimes. So here is a full arrangement of the tune O’Carolans’s Receipt.   I arranged it a few years back.  Its in G and i think it contains a few nice Orkney-isms, including some …

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Arranging Celtic Tunes – The Kesh Jig

I’d like to get started showing people the nuts and bolts of arranging celtic/traditional tunes. I found it very satisfying when i started arranging pieces for myself. Playing other folks arrangements is fun, but eventually i wanted to put my own stamp on things, or arrange tunes no one else had done before. In this blog entry we will look …

Orkney Chords and Scales

Next up we have some simple scales annd chords in the Orkney tuning (CGDGCD)  No capo for these.  I have laid out some scales in the keys of G, C, and D.  I tried to include a few different version of each scale.  Some are linear, utilizing consecutive notes on the same string.  Others incorporate harp style technique, playing consecutive …