Learn to Play “Scarborough Fair”

Acoustic Guitar Method

Posted by David Hamburger

“Scarborough Fair” has been around for centuries, but it was popularized in the 1960s by Paul Simon’s arrangement of it for Simon and Garfunkel. Even without all their tricky layers of guitar parts, it’s a challenging tune, as it involves several chords and you never stay on one chord for long. 

Scarborough Fair
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As a song for learning to switch between minor and major chords, it can’t be beat, and of course it is a beautiful song. So here it is. It’s in 3/4, so take the above bass/strum patterns on E and A minor and lop off the fourth beat.

Excerpted from The Acoustic Guitar Method

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