Free Shady Grove Download - Key Signature?

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29-Oct-2012 10:18 AM

Will

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I'm a relative beginner, and was looking through the single song downloads; I saw the free version of Shady Grove, and thought I'd give it a shot to see if any of them were within my skill range. The Shady Grove sheet music says that it's in D minor, which implies the key signature should be F Major (all B's flatted). However, the key signature looks like it's C Major / A minor. I guess this is pretty pedantic, because it doesn't look like there are any Bs in the song, but I wanted to ask in case I'm missing something.

Thanks!

-Will

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01-Nov-2012 04:43 AM

Steve K

Posts: 44

HI Will

No you're not missing anything. Dm would be also the Key of F with one flat - Bb. Sometimes I find it easier on the eye if I just write it in C and put in the flats as needed. Probably shouldn't do it that way and if it were in one of my Mel Bay or Homespun books it would have been officially in DM or F with the flat.

Good Eye buddy

Steve K.

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02-Nov-2012 09:08 PM

Will

Posts: 10

Thanks for the reply, Steve! I was playing through the Carter-style arrangement of Shady Grove, and noticed that in the first ending, where you have the A-hammer-to-C fill, the chord played after the hammer is kind of a tricky one - it's written in a way that requires the player to mute the open D string while fretting C, and play the C, open G and D on the third fret. The first ending on the second arrangement has you play a much easier DGD after the hammer-on.

Is this difference between the two arrangements intentional, or should I play both of them as shown in the second arrangement?

Thanks again for your responses! It's really amazing to encounter an author and instructor who is so helpful and responsive to questions.

Regards,

Will

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03-Nov-2012 07:18 AM

Steve K

Posts: 44

Hi Will

You are always better off learning all variations to songs that are within your level. I often show it one way, explain it then add another way without discussing it so the student will wonder, then possibly figure out the variation.

Another good catch.

Enjoy

Steve K.

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06-Nov-2012 10:09 AM

Will

Posts: 10


Thanks again, Steve! I noticed that many of the recordings don't sound exactly the way it's written - when I started, I just thought "that sounds better, but I don't know how to make it happen". I still haven't picked up all the tricks, but I've found a couple places where you used an eighth-note backstrum instead of just the single strum as-written, and a few places where you seem to do some double/tremolo picking. Those differences are actually very instructive in and of themselves, as it helps me learn how and when to use those techniques to spice things up, as opposed to just playing something exactly as written. You materials are truly just top-notch, from the arrangements themselves, to the instructional write-ups, to the recordings. Thank you for putting out such well-thought-out and instructive products!

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06-Nov-2012 10:33 AM

Steve K

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You're welcome and thank you buddy!

Steve K.
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