It's easy to put a walking bass going from the G chord up to the C chord.
Use the pinky finger? Or shift position
Because this melody uses "f#" (f sharp, the 4th fret on the D string), you may be afraid that your students will tend to use incorrect fingering. Beginners do not like to use the pinky finger!
But hunt through the melody, and you will see that if your student shifts up to second position (placing fingers up one fret from the nut), then they will be able to play this melody with just the first 3 fingers.
This is an important concept to understand... and it is what they will WANT to do in any case (most beginning guitar players have one favorite finger that they would like to use for EVERY note, sliding up and down the neck!). So talk about what is happening.
I would probably teach this piece BY ROTE, phrase by phrase, then haul out the sheet music and encourage your student to make their way through the tabs, relating their memorized rote playing to the easy guitar tabs.
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
Matt: THIS SITE IS AMAZING!! I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-)
I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!
Christine: Thank you so much for this site! I have just started teaching some really keen Y6 boys who want to play Scarborough Fair, and your version is perfect. I will now go and look at what other goodies you have!
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