Guitar

That's my guitar up there, a Walden G570. I don't have anything original to add in terms of guitar material as I'm only a beginner myself. Instead I'll post a collection of links to tabs I like to use when I practice.

Chord Tabs

Tom Petty - Free Fallin': Good song for playing with strumming patterns since the chord progression itself is pretty easy. I actually use D-G-G-D-A instead of the chords in the link I've provided, but the link gives all the lyrics.

Molly Malone: Good song on its own and also lends itself well, I find, to many of the fingerpicking patterns demonstrated on this website.

Crooked Jack: I prefer the Blarney Lads' arrangement of this excellent traditional Irish song over the one I've linked here, but I can't find the tab for that one written out. Just use the tab I do have linked and play verse 1, 4, chorus, 3, 1, chorus and it's pretty much the way they play it.

Dubliners - The Wild Rover: One of many Irish "rover" songs, this arrangement is pretty easy, even for a newbie.

Counting Crows - A Long December: I like the sound of the last tab from this link without the capo.

Counting Crows - Mr Jones: Before MP3s first came into existence you could get digital music as MIDI files, which is basically sheet music that a computer reads and plays back using its own internal MIDI instrument library, or as WAV files, which is a bit for bit digital encoding of analog audio without any sort of compression to optimize file size. MP3s had nearly the quality of WAV files and, at a mere couple of megabytes each, could be transmitted even over a crappy dial-up connection in a reasonable amount of time. The rest is history. Why the introduction? This song, Mr Jones by the Counting Crows, was the first MP3 I ever got my hands on. It took nearly an entire day to download. The bitrate was so low it sounded like it was coming out of a tin can connected by a string to another tin can placed in front of an AM radio, but it was amazing. I listened to this song many, many times. And so, because it was the first hit on a web search for 'MP3' that I did roughly two decades ago, I feel a strange connection to this song.

Gary Jules - Mad World: Four easy chords and the slowest tempo ever in popular music? Can't beat that!

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven: No, I can't play this yet, but it's fun to try!

Eagles - Take It Easy: Just a good song with a good message and no barre chords to drive a beginner crazy.

Eagles - Hotel California: Tough chords for a beginner, but a great song.

Animals - House of the Rising Sun: More tough chords, but I take it slow and strum each string at a time, the way the song is supposed to be played, and I think it helps a lot with learning to finger the chords properly.

CCR - Have You Ever Seen the Rain: I don't think this tab is the entire song, but it sounds pretty good.

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here: Been enjoying this one a lot lately, particularly after finding a very nice YouTube lesson for the first solo.

Sheet Music

It's slow going, but a good friend suggested that I take some time to learn to read sheet music. So I've tried to add a bit of that into my routine.

Ode to Joy: Nice, simple sheet music with a bit more character than Chopsticks.

Fingerstyle Tabs

Here is a link to the website of the Utica, NY branch of Comhaltas. Their tunebook is an excellent resource for many traditional Irish songs. Be warned: this is sheet music, not guitar tablature.

Another link here goes to the Comhaltas sheet music page. They have a great deal of music on the website as well as links to other websites with more Irish music, some of it in tablature format.


The Monaghan Jig: One of my favorite tunes.

The Kesh Jig: This is another great tune on its own and follows the Monaghan Jig very well.

The Bucks of Oranmore: Been working on this one of late. As you can tell, I very much like this website because it gives tablature rather than sheet music.

Super Mario Brothers Theme

Christmas Tabs

Carol of the Bells: This is my favorite Christmas song. I must've heard at least a hundred arrangements of it. Some are very good, most are rather complicated. This version is one that a beginner can play and it sounds pretty good.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
O Holy Night
I Saw Three Ships

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