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Brian Boru - A Beginner's Folk Tune

Chris Turner (205) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 100
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This lesson serves as an ideal introduction to playing fingerstyle on your acoustic guitar. It may seem difficult at first (believe me - I've been there!) but with practice, you'll soon get the hang of it. I'm not going to go into great details on the theory side of things - there are plenty of lessons here at WholeNote that will do that for you. My concern here today is to teach you a beautiful little celtic riff that you can use again & again and have fun with.

The tune will also introduce you to the concept of looping, which is vital in Folk music. Don't worry if it all sounds complicated when you first hear it - just play it slowly.

"Brian Boru" has a tempo that you can mess around with as much as you like - if you're a pro, you can play it 'till you burn holes in your guitar and it'll sound great; if you're a beginner, even at a slow, plodding tempo, it'll conjure up images of rolling hills & the beautiful countryside of Medieval Ireland.

Oh, and for anyone who's interested, Brian Boru did actually exist - he was one of the High Kings of Tara, around 1063 in Ireland.

Ready? Let's play!