In this part of our site we're going to look at a tune and learn how to apply different styles of flatpicking to it. The tune we've chosen for this is "Wildwood Flower." There are two ways to approach the material in this section:
Both of these are good learning objectives, but the second bullet is the main reason for putting this material together. We're going to look at what happens in the music when you arrange it to play different picking styles. Our goal is to help you to learn how to develop your own arrangements by seeing how it's done for the study tune.
What You'll Find in the Study Tune Section
|The Basic Tune||On the Basic Tune page we'll learn the basic melody of "Wildwood Flower" as it is sung. That's our starting point, and our reference, for other playing styles.|
|Carter Style||Next, we'll develop a couple of "Carter-style" arrangements for the song from the basic tune. You can find this on our Carter-style page.|
|Crosspicking||Then we'll explore how to play the tune using the crosspicking style of picking on our Crosspicking page.|
|Where to Go from Here||We've included a "Where To Go from Here" page to help you look further into the information covered.|
You'll find a couple of file formats in the Study Tune section for audio and tablature files. In order to view and hear them correctly, it is necessary for your to have the the right plug-ins and equipment installed on your computer. Please refer to the table below for details on the file types used and plug-ins.
|mp3||We use mp3 files for sound clips. This format is compatible with almost all computers.|
|Scorch||We use Scorch to display our tab files in most web browsers. Scorch lets you play the arrangements while you view it, and offers other cool features. These files require the Scorch Plug-in which is available for free. To learn more about Scorch and how to download the plug-in, visit our Scorch page.|
|iPad||If you have an iPad, you can use the links provided to download tabs in Sibelius format to use with the Avid Scorch app for the iPad. For more information, go to our Scorch for the iPad page.|