Fiddler's Green by The Tragically Hip | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play “Fiddler's Green” by the Tragically Hip from their 1991 album, “Road Apples.”
I've had a lot of requests for this tune lately. This is a very poignant song. The lyric was written by Gord Downie. It's about his nephew who passed away at the tender age of five due to a heart condition. Although written in 1991, the band never played it in concert until 2006.
The lyric incorporates the Irish legend of Fiddler's Green, essentially a sailor's afterlife and really showcases Gord Downie's unique talent as a poet and lyricist. Along with Ahead By A Century and Bobcaygeon, it's one of the most loved Hip songs, especially by Canadians. Since Gord's passing a few months ago the song has taken on even more meaning...
It's in open E tuning, The original track has two acoustic guitar parts. One just strums the chords and the other has a lot of licks and nuances. I go over all of this in the lesson. There's something special about open tunings. The chords really ring and always sound so full and rich. Rob Baker always does a great job with his acoustic guitar parts.
I really enjoyed working on this one. It's a beautiful song, not too difficult to play and it sounds fantastic. I hope you get something out of the videos. Cheers
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