Drunken Sailor

by Nicola Mandorino

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  • Hello GMC!

    This is the famous Irish traditional song called "Drunken Sailor". I have prepared this easy version for beginners.
    You will play solo and fingerstyle accompaniment with alternating bass.

    For the solo part, pay attention to the alternate picking as this is crucial to be able to play it fast and accurate.

    The accompaniment is playing only three chords: Am, G, Em
    As you can see in the video, for the chords I put the palm of my right hand on the sixth, fifth and fourth strings.
    This allows me to get a more beautiful sound.

    Perform the song very slowly at first, then gradually increase the speed until you master the technique.

    Contents :

    Drunken Sailor melody - video parts 2-3
    Accompaniment - video parts 1 and 4

    Gear used :

    Acoustic guitar: Taylor 410 CE
    Strings: Elixir Polyweb .012-.052

    Onboard Fishman Prefix Plus - right channel
    Mini mic Audio Technica Pro 70 - left channel
    USB audio interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

    Classic guitar: Yamaha NCX1200R
    Onboard Yamaha preamp - right channel
    Mini mic Audio Technica Pro 70 - left channel

    Key : A Aeolian

    Tuning : Standard

    Tempo : 120 bpm

    Chord progression :

    Am/Am/Em G/Am/
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