Scarborough Fair Chords

Scarborough Fair chords lesson

Learn how to play Scarborough Fair like Simon & Garfunkel did!

Originally an old folk lore, ‘Scarborough Fair’ was made world wide famous by Simon & Garfunkel.

The chords of ‘Scarborough Fair’ take full advantage of the II chord.

By using the extensions sus2, 6 and sus4 we get a clear sense of Dorian ringing through.

It would be very hard to play Scarborough Fair using different shapes than what you see in the video lesson.

It is the shape and the incorporated open strings that gives the arrangement its distinctive sound.

Using a capo we can adjust to the singers key should we have to.

snurra02Chords from the key of G

Even though we are using a capo and what comes out is a different key, you want to think about ‘Scarborough Fair’ as in the key of G, the Am chord is chord II.

In the Verse we use chord IIm7 and IIIm7. For the IIIm7 you keep the open strings of chord II.

This is actually a great way of producing any modal drone chord. You keep the root going, switch between the chord representing the mode and the one above.

In the Advanced Guitar Course you get a looped version of this to improvise with using Dorian.

Scarborough Fair Finger Style

Since Scarborough Fair is an old English Fair we want that European classical music vibe which has very little to do with groove and dancing.

Using a free-time approach when playing Scarborough Fair will only enhance the performance. The tempo should slow down and speed up with the singers choir like parts.

Being in 3/4 you are in a different feel to 4/4 anyway, exaggerate it!

Take the Advanced Guitar Course to learn more about finger style techniques and playing in different time signatures.