Free fiddle music with guitar tabs -- Tenpenny Bit is a driving, rhythmic jig in 6/8 time. It makes a great ensemble piece or solo for your beginning flat-picking guitar student, with or without a fiddle-player around!
For a guitarist used to picking "down-up, down-up, down-up," a jig feels different.
Because the rhythm of a jig divides a measure of six eighth notes into two strong pulses instead of three pulses, the picking needs to emphasize beats 1 and 4 instead of 1, 2, and 3. So, instead of 1 2, 3 4, 5 6, the emphasis must be 1 2 3, 4 5 6 to give the melody line proper support.
What this means to the guitar player is (traditionally) DOWN up DOWN, DOWN up DOWN. At least, that should be in the back of your mind as you wield the pick, as an ideal. It isn't practical in all the measures, or even most of the measures, of Tenpenny Bit!
Here is what Doug Sparling says on a page about jigs from GuitarNoise.com:
Thank you, Doug! What a great resource GuitarNoise.com is, with its free, detailed, informative lessons.
And here is Ten-Penny Bit again, with a few ornamental changes that sounded right to me after listening to a few videos. (There are other changes that could be added, also, but you can add them yourself! The more I listen to this free fiddle music, the more details I notice.)
The chords for this free fiddle music are my own suggestion -- you could probably switch the G's and Em's around and not really have it sound too different.
I really love this free fiddle music, Ten Penny Bit.
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