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Flora, the Lily of the West

This lesson is part of the course Roots and Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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Learn the essential techniques of roots and bluegrass rhythm guitar by playing classic and contemporary songs, with flatpicking technique tips and strums, bass runs, and fills.
 
 
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This great Flatt and Scruggs song was recorded by JD Crowe and the New South on their classic self-titled album, with Tony Rice singing lead. It's a great example of a medium tempo bluegrass song played with a country swing feel. You'll learn a strum pattern that helps accent the swing feel, as well as some bass runs to use at the ends of phrases. Scott plays the song in D and looks at some different ways to finger the A and A7 chords. Finally, he sings the whole song through so you can play along with him.
 
 
 
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Flora, the Lily of the West  
 
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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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