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Guitar chords lesson - Scarboro' fair

Updated on December 22, 2014

Playing Scarborough Fair

This song is a very old English folk song, the best known version was an arrangement stolen by Paul Simon from a prominent English folksinger, on an early visit to the UK.

The chords are easy, but watch for the fingerpicking pattern, and the 3/4 time signature, which really is more like 6/8. Count: 1 and 2 and 3 and, 1 and 2 and 3 and...

The fingerpicking pattern is shown in string numbers, so it starts on string 5 (open A) and sometimes two strings are sounded together. generally, just use your thumb for the lowest bass note. You can use this concept in many different songs. Note, that this is a simplified pattern, not the same as on the recording.

You could also just strum the chords.

If you want to get the high tinkly tone on the recording, use a capo at fret 5.

Scarborough Fair chords

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