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Frog went a courtin’

Wedderburn’s Complaynt of Scotland (1548) under the name
“The Frog cam to the Myl dur”

1 2 3 41 2 3 4
AAAA
Frog went a-courtin’ and he did ride, Uh-hah
AA E7 E7
Frog went a-courtin ,and he did ride, Uh-hah
AADD
Frog went a-courtin’, and he did ride, With asword and a pistol by his side, Uh
AE7A
-hah Uh-hah Uh-hah
AAAA
Said He, “Miss Mouse,are you within?” Uh-hah
AAE7E7
Said He, “Miss Mouse,are you within? Uh-hah
AADD
Said He, “Miss Mouse,are you within?”“Yes, kind sir,I sit and spin, Uh
AE7A
-hah Uh-hah Uh-hah

[Verse 4]
He took Miss Mousey on his knee, Uh-hah
Took Miss Mousey on his knee, Uh-hah
Took Miss Mousey on his knee
Said, “Miss Mousey, will you marry me?” Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 5]
“Not Without my uncle Rat’s consent, Uh-hah”
“Not Without my uncle Rat’s consent, Uh-hah”
“Without my uncle Rat’s consent
I wouldn’t marry the president, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah”
[Verse 6]
Uncle Rat laughed shook his fat sides, Uh-hah
Uncle Rat laughed shook his fat sides, Uh-hah
Uncle Rat laughed shook his fat sides
To think his niece would be a bride, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 7]
Where shall the wedding supper be? Uh-hah
Where shall the wedding supper be? Uh-hah
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a hollow tree, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 8]
What should the wedding supper be? Uh-hah
What should the wedding supper be? Uh-hah
What should the wedding supper be?
Fried mosquito in a black-eye pea, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 9]
Well, first to come in was a flyin’ moth, Uh-hah
First to come in was a flyin’ moth, Uh-hah
First to come in was a flyin’ moth
She laid out the table cloth, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 10]
Next to come in was a juney bug, Uh-hah
Next to come in was a juney bug, Uh-hah
Next to come in was a juney bug
She brought the whisky in a water jug, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 11]
Next to come in was a little black tick, Uh-hah
Next to come in was a little black tick, Uh-hah
Next to come in was a little black tick
She ate so much she made us sick, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 12]
Next to come in was a big black snake, Uh-hah
Next to come in was a big black snake, Uh-hah
Next to come in was a big black snake
Ate up all of the wedding cake, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 13]
Next to come in was the old gray cat, Uh-hah
Next to come in was the old gray cat, Uh-hah
Next to come in was the old gray cat
Swallowed the mouse and ate up the rat, Uh-hah ah hah, ah hah
[Verse 14]
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin’ up over the brook, Uh-hah
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin’ up over the brook, Uh-hah
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin’ up over the brook
A lily-white duck come and swallowed him up, Uh-hah ah hah, ah
hah
[Verse 15]
A little piece of cornbread layin’ on a shelf, Uh-hah
A little piece of cornbread layin’ on a shelf, Uh-hah
A little piece of cornbread layin’ on a shelf
If you want anymore, you can sing it yourself, Uh-hah ah hah,
ah hah

Silkie

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DCCD
An earthlynursesits andsings And
DCCD
aye shesings alily wean And
GDCD
little ken I mybairn’s father. Far
C 2 3 4 Em 6EmAm . . . . . D
less the land that he dwells in
An earthly nurse sits and sings
And aye, she sings by lily wean -
And little ken I my bairn's father
Far less the land where he dwells in
 
For he came on night to her bed feet
And a grumbly guest, I'm sure was he
Saying - Here am I, thy bairn's father
Although I be not comely
 
I am a man upon the land
I am a silkie on the sea
And when I'm far and far frae land
My home it is in Sule Skerrie
 
And he had ta'en a purse of gold
And he had placed it upon her knee
Saying - Give to me my little young son
And take thee up thy nurse's fee
 
And it shall come to pass on a summer's day
When the sun shines bright on every stane
I'll come and fetch my little young son
And teach him how to swim the faem
 
And ye shall marry a gunner good
And a right fine gunner I'm sure he'll be
And the very first shot that e'er he shoots
Will kill both my young son and me

Pickers Circle 9 Dec

Theme: I got rhythm?

I got a question about strumming the other day and I realized that there is a lot about this that I don’t know so I thought an evening devoted to the topic would be in order.

For a dancer the basic rhythms are Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Tango. The more adventurous can try swing/jive, Cha-cha, Rhumba and Samba. Each of these has an associated time signature and tempo and a count for the basic step. How many examples can we play in a circle?

Guitarists starting out can stick to 4/4 time, think foxtrot or twostep count 1 2 3 4. Waltz time, 3/4, would be next then the fast waltz in 6/8. For me the best way to keep time has been using a metronome and tapping my foot. This is harder than it seems but worth practicing.

Here is the music for Freight Train in 4/4 time and here is a metronome. Strum this at 60 beats per minute and read the bar number off the top of the sheet. One of the easiest songs to play in 6/8 time is Silkie, from an early Joan Baez recording. Here are the chords and the timing in 6/8.

Pickers Circle – Nov. 25

Open Tunings with Stoo Born.

Doors open 3 pm — Session ends at 5:00 pm

Session Highlights on Youtube. Click here.

mailto: Charles@westrc.com for the Zoom link

This session features Open Tunings. but that’s only a suggestion, people play what they please or make requests in the circle. Questions and comments are always welcome. Use the chat or send e-mail.

Stoo Born from Music and More on Main will demonstrate some open tunings and show beginner/intermediate players how to re-tune their guitar. A digital tuner is a nice thing to have handy.

Pickers who wish to play should know something about Zoom:

  1. You must enable Original Sound
  2. You need to prefix your Zoom name with a number. Pick a number from 1-100 and try not to have the same number as your neighbor. We use these numbers to go around the circle.
  3. Ear buds/phones are a good idea — they prevent echo on some systems.
  4. If you have technical difficulties contact me anytime offline. I’m here to help.

If you just came to listen don’t bother with a number and you won’t be asked to play. Following the demonstration we will break into learning and listening groups.

Beginners should review Chromatic and Diatonic scales but this is not a prerequisite.

Pickers Circle – Nov. 11

Doors open 7 pm — Session ends at 9:30 pm

Session Highlights on Youtube. Click here.

mailto: Charles@westrc.com for the Zoom link

This session features Bluegrass but that’s only a suggestion. I will go through Doc Watson’s — Doc’s Guitar for beginner/intermediate players. Video

Doc’s Guitar is a very fast classic that every fingerpicker should know how to play. The good news is that chords are quite simple and the right hand is mostly the fast banjo roll we learned at the end of Freight Train. The bad news is that full speed is 160 bpm and I’ll be surprised if anyone can play it at that speed. More good news; it sounds pretty good at half speed.

A Section — Chord shapes are C, Am, F , G and G7. The chords change every quarter note. At 60 bpm this is once a second. This is a great left hand study. The right hand is mostly just T, m , T , i. Thumb, middle, Thumb, index. We play the melody by stressing the Thumb playing the root of each Chord. C, A, F, G and if those notes are all you play, you can play along with Doc Watson at 160 bpm. Playing all the notes at 60 bpm means 4 notes a second — quite possible .

B Section — Chords are C, F, G — There is a pull-off in the C chord that is a challenge but very good for improving left hand strength and co-ordination. The melody moves to the higher strings.

C Section — Chords are E/E7, Am/Am7, D7, G7 is just a nice bluesy passage. Play the chord then add the 7th. It’s all in first position. Easy at 60 bpm but gets harder as you speed up.

If some just wish to play and listen we can break into two or three groups.

Beginners should review Chromatic and Diatonic scales but this is not a prerequisite.

Pickers Circle – Oct. 28

Doors open 3 pm — Session ends at 5 pm

Session Highlights on Youtube. Click here.

mailto: Charles@westrc.com for the Zoom link

This session features Train songs but that’s only a suggestion. I will go through Liz Cotton’s Freight Train as a basic introduction to Travis Picking for beginner/intermediate players. Chord shapes are C Em F and G and G7. If someone wants to do it in A we can do that.

Freight Train with a metronome
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CG7 G7
Freight Trainfreight trainrun so fast G A B
G G C
Freight trainfreight traingoin’ so fast C B Bb
Em Em7F F
Please don’tsay what train I’m on So They
CG7 G6CC
won’t knowwhere I’ve gone.

If some just wish to play and listen we can break into two groups.

Beginners should review Chromatic and Diatonic scales but this is not a prerequisite.

Pickers Circle — Oct. 14

Doors open 7:00 pm Party starts at 7:30 pm

Session Video

Joe Turner

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—- They
E 2 3 4 E 2 3 4E 2 3 4E 2 E7 4
tell me JoeTurner’s come and gone —- They
A 2 3 4A 2 3 4E 2 3 4E 2 3 4
tell me Joe Turner’s come and gone
B7 2 3 4 B7 2 3 4 E 2 A7 4E 2 B7 4
Got myman andgone ———He
came out with40 links of chain—- He
came out with 40 links of chain
got my man andgone — They
tell me JoeTurner’s come andgone—- They
tell me JoeTurner’s come andgone—- Done
left me hereto sing this song—- Come
like henever come before—- Come
like he never come before
Got myman andgone
A 12 Bar Blues

Pickers Circle Sept 30, 2020

Doors open 7:00 pm Party starts at 7:30 pm

References

Program

  1. Housekeeping
    • These sessions are recorded
    • Please Leave a Comment on this page either before or after the session.
      • more X — less Y how about ??
    • You are on mute. You can play along
    • Got a Question? Wave or send a chat
    • Program at VFSS.CA/BLOG — has all the reference material
    • The main room will continue the technical aspects of picking in parallel with the breakout sessions. Interested pickers pls return to the main room.
  1. Introduction 7:30 — 8:00 pm
    • Why do this.?
    • Improve by playing with others
      • choose a goal, make a plan, practice daily — record and keep recordings
      • tuner metronome capo and your book
      • players — learners — listeners
      • Playing by Ear — what is a lead sheet ?
        • 6 ways to Froggy
        • A D E – doom phwap
      • 12 Bar Blues – Froggy
  2. Guest Interview — John Wade — 8:00 pm
    • Please download the Reference material and bring a capo and a thumb pick.
  3. Audience round — break out? 8:30 — 9:30
    • 12 Bar blues — beginner scales ?
    • John and Charles are in the main hall if you leave the room

Vision 2030

VISION 2030 Workshop: Thanks to everyone who sent in their replies to the question: What is one experience connected with the Folk that really stands out for you? Why? We’ve received some great stories and would love to hear from more of you Folk enthusiasts! We’ve extended the response window to Sunday Aug 9th – please reply to: vanfolksong@gmail.com  and put ‘VISION 2030’ in the subject line.

The Snow Geese

Each year the snow geese migrate from the Arctic and pass through Ladner where they pause to refuel at Reifel Isalnd Bird Sanctuary. I was inspired to write this song about them. They are a seasonal marker for me, and I love to go and watch them in their hundreds as they rest and feed in the fields and on the shorelines.