Free vocal sheet music "Skye Boat Song" from Scotland. now with:
a new finger-picking version - tricky, but lovely
a version for beginning guitar note readers that avoids the tablature, but offers a guide for the notes! Also:
free guitar acoustic tablature as well as standard notation.
This song makes a great lead sheet for piano, too!
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
This finger-picking arrangement is made on purpose to take advantage of the pretty sound of the Dsus chord (D suspension).
If you've never made it before, it's just a matter of adding one finger to the D chord on fret 3 of string 1, the high-sounding E string. Then you pull off that extra finger and hey presto! You're back to the regular D chord.
Please scroll down the page for the free download links!
So far this piece has been pretty successful with my struggling guitar-playing note-readers.
It helps that it has lots of open strings - D, G, and B. They haven't yet tried adding the chords, but I'll let them take several weeks.
In the meantime, I am playing their backup chords.
Why did I arrange the piece this way? Obviously, it is a LEARNING exercise. An exercise with a bit of pull, due to the beauty of the song.
Now here is the ordinary arrangement with tabs:
A bit of Scottish history... this is a song about Bonnie Prince Charlie.
This is a beautiful song about the Jacobite Rebellion, and the fateful battle at Culloden in 1746 (thanks for the correction, and additional history in your comment below, Sandy).
Here Scotsmen made a last heroic stand for Scottish freedom from English rule by fighting for Charles Stewart - Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The Scots longed for a ruler who was true-born, of the royal line.
There was terrible slaughter at Culloden, the Scots beaten by the English with their muskets and cannon, but Prince Charlie escaped to the Isle of Skye with the help of Flora MacDonald, a Jacobite heroine.
She dressed him up as her maid, and he almost gave himself away, acting like a man! (To learn more about the time of the Jacobites, look for the beautiful and powerful -- if violent and vulgar -- movie Rob Roy with Liam Neeson, and also a much more child-friendly movie with beautiful music and characters, Lorna Doone. Both movies are action-packed. And both have memorable soundtracks.)
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