Learn to Play "The Wreck of the Old 97"

Posted by Jody Stecher

“The Wreck of the Old 97” commemorates a real event that happened over 100 years ago.

Wreck of the Old 97 First 8 bars
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This eight-bar excerpt is shown in the key of F, which has a sonic atmosphere all its own. Guitar players sometimes panic when they hear about playing in the key of F. For one thing, that full F (barre) chord is painful, but this excerpt gets around it by sticking to the notes on the bottom four strings.

Excerpted from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher: "The Wreck of the Old 97"

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