Guitar Tab Wildwood Flower - Beginner
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Guitar Tab - Wildwood Flower - Beginner: "Wildwood Flower" is an American song, best known through performances and recordings by the Carter Family. However, the song predates them. The original title was "I'll Twine 'Mid the Ringlets". The song was written in 1860, with words by Maud Irving and music by Joseph Philbrick Webster (1819-1875)..
Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley have a great arrangement of Wildwood Flower on the"True Bluegrass Instrumentals CD". There are a lot of other great arrangements of popular songs on this CD as well.
Other songs include: John Hardy by Tony Rice; Florida Blues by Ricky SkaggsHome Sweet Home by Bill Emerson; Orange Blossom Special by The Stanley Brothers; Cannonball by The Seldom Scene: St. Anne's Reel by Cody Kilby; Billy In The Low Ground by Tony Rice; Katie Hill by James Price; Carter's Blues by Larry Sparks; Black Jack by J.D. Crowe; Chicken Reel by Curly Ray Cline; Alabama Jubilee by Jimmy Arnold and more:
Wildwood Flower Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!
Wildwood Flower Tab Notes PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you !
The rhythm for this song is located on the second track of the Guitar Pro file above. It lists all of the chords, chord diagrams and timing for the song. You can use that file to practice your lead for this song.
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I will have three versions of Wildwood Flower Guitar TAB available.
Wildwood Flower Beginner Guitar Tab - The First Break This first break is patterned after the original arrangement by Mother Maebelle Carter. It carries a lead and chord accompaniment type of arrangement, much like she played it. Take note of how the lead notes and chords are formed from the rhythm chords - look at the chord names above the notation score for a guide as to the chords being played.
Since this break is so chord oriented, you should try to maintain left hand finger position on the chords wherever possible and be sure to let the individual notes ring through each other so the break sounds smooth and full..
Wildwood Flower Intermediate Guitar Tab - The Second Break: This intermediate break basically takes the bones of the beginner break and adds a lot of flavor, with runs and riffs. If you download the Guitar Pro file, you can even play with the arrangement yourself and make it your very own personalized version.
The link to the Intermediate version is: Wildwood Flower Intermediate Tab.
Wildwood Flower Advanced Guitar Tab - The Third Break: Flying fingers. That is what you will have if you can nail my version of the song in this advanced tab of Wildwood Flower. I took out all the stops and did some very cool riffs by playing 'around the melody'. That means you use the actual melody of the notes you would sing and improvise an arrangement that used the chords and a hint of the melody.
If you can play this break 'up-to-speed' you can consider yourself well on your way to becoming an advanced flatpick guitarist. The nice thing about it is that this song is played at a more leisurely speed of between 160 and 180bpm, which will give you a chance to really nail this break. Good Luck!
The link to the Advanced version is: Wildwood Flower Advanced Tab.
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- Watch your up and down strokes carefully. It is critical that you keep them consistent. Down strokes are almost always on the downbeat and upstrokes are often on the upbeat, but not always. We have clearly shown the down and up strokes below each note in the tab. The down-up strokes are shown on the tab below the Guitar Tab staff.
- Start slowly and gradually work up to speed. Know the song by heart and be able to play it nearly flawlessly before you attempt to play it up-to-speed. This piece is usually played at about 220 bpm.
Beginners should start this song at about 100 to 120 bpm until fully memorized and mastered. Then gradually work up to about 160 to 180.
- Guitar Pro has a really cool feature called speed trainer. you can set a loop of accompaniment chords to be played and after each loop the speed increased by a percent that you specify. I love this feature and it gives you milestone very clearly as to you speed conditioning.
- Each quarter note = one beat in the measure so there are 4 quarter notes in just about every measure.
This song is usually played in the key of C Major with no capo.
Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.