Mel Bay Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes - Beautiful Airs And Ballads Of The British Isles

Code: MB30915M

This fingerstyle guitar collection features 20 engaging lyrical tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales plus three original pieces by accomplished guitarist, trumpeter and composer William A. Bay, president, and editor-in-chief at Mel Bay Publications. Tasked with writing intermediate-level arrangements in either standard or dropped-D tuning, guitarist/arranger Raymond Gonzalez displays uncommon music rethinking skills while preserving the plaintive and lilting nature of these enduring melodies. Unique to these settings, you will find sparse, open-chord harmonies accentuated by double hammer-ons and pull-offs, and the odd harmonic mixed with normal tones within a melodic line— all reminiscent of gentle waves washing up against a rocky island shore. Conceived to be played on either steel or nylon-string guitar, these pieces are written in both standard notation and tablature. Includes online access to the author’s own audio recordings.

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  • 1. An Drochshaol (The Hard Times)
  • 2. Auld lang Syne
  • 3. Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
  • 4. Cailin Deas Cr£ite na mB¢ (Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow)
  • 5. Call the Ewes
  • 6. Down by the Sally Gardens
  • 7. Fair Flower of Northumberland
  • 8. Fields of Culloden
  • 9. I Went to Visit the Roses
  • 10. Irish Prayer
  • 11. Jock O?Hazeldean
  • 12. John Anderson, My Jo
  • 13. Once I Had a Sweetheart
  • 14. Scarborough fair
  • 15. She moved through the Fair
  • 16. S¡ Bheag, S¡ M¢r
  • 17. Star of the County Down
  • 18. The Flowers of Sweet Erin the Green
  • 19. The Galway Shawl
  • 20. The Marsh of Rhuddlan
  • 21. The Shearing?s Not for You
  • 22. The Water is Wide
  • 23. Wild Mountain Thyme


Book / DVD/ CD Type
Song Book, Music Book,
Instrument Suitability
Acoustic Guitar
Region of Musical Origin
English, European, Irish, Scottish, Welsh,
Number of Strings