Learn to Play and Sing “Orphan Girl” by Gillian Welch

From: Beginning Guitar by Adrianne Serna

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"Orphan Girl"

Gillian Welch’s song “Orphan Girl” was first recorded by Emmylou Harris on her classic Wrecking Ball album, and Welch recorded the song, which has become a bluegrass jam session favorite, on her debut recording, Revival. You can play “Orphan Girl” with just three chords—G, C, and D—and the bass down-up strum, with or without an alternating bass, whichever you choose. Adrianne shows you which bass strings to alternate for each chord and how to accent the second and fourth beats of each measure.  


Tags: Guitar
Category: String School


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