Chords and fingerstyle arrangement
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Scarborough Fair chords and fingerstyle arrangement
Originally an old folklore, ‘Scarborough Fair’ was made worldwide famous by Simon & Garfunkel.
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 make the arrangement.
Using a capo , we can easily adjust to the key to suit different singers by simply moving it up or down the neck.
What you can’t change is the fingerstyle patterns and chord shapes, as they are what gives ‘Scarborough Fair’ its distinctive sound.
Chords from the key of G
‘Scarborough Fair’ uses chords from the key of G. However, G (chord I) is not our home chord, instead, Am is (chord II).
In the verse, we use all kinds of intervals from the Dorian scale, maintaining the open A.
To name the chords can cause all kinds of debate, as I researched different sheet music for this recording nobody seemed to agree on what to name these chords.
Too many intense chord names to bring up here, I’ll reveal them all in the advanced guitar course instead, including full TAB.
As well as studying how to play it in the video, we also improvise over a looped version of these chords using the Dorian scale.
Scarborough Fair fingerstyle
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.
Take the advanced course and learn more about fingerstyle techniques as well playing in different time signatures and modes.
Scarborough Fair – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to Scarborough Fair lyrics.
Simon & Garfunkel – Biography
Their hits include ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘American Tune’.
To find out more, go to Simon & Garfunkel biography.
The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course
But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.
Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons
‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.
To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs
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