|Flora, the Lily of the West
Flora, the Lily of the West
The traditional Irish song “Lily of the West” was recorded by numerous American folk greats in the 1960s, including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Tim O’Brien recorded a bluegrass version as “Flora, the Lily of the West” on his solo debut Odd Man In, and that’s the version you’ll learn in this lesson. It’s in a minor key, and Scott plays it out of A minor capoed up two frets, putting in the key of B minor (Tim plays it in C minor). You’ll learn a cool intro riff that corresponds to the first line of the song and that you can play as an intro as well as an interlude between verses. The intro is a little tricky with some down-up picking, hammer-ons, and slides. Scott walks you through the intro slowly and plays it a few times so you can play along. The timing of “Flora, the Lily of the West” is a little unusual, with a measure of 2/4 in each line. Scott shows you how to count this, and how it works with the chords, and then sings through a few verses so you can play (and sing) along.
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