Ghost Riders in the Sky

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  • #42580
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Just in time for October 31… Ghost Riders in the Sky

    #42596
    rodger
    rodger
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    John, when I was 20 yrs. old I moved to Western South Dakota & it was real cowboy country.  I knew old timers that lived in the 1800’s, who talked about seeing ghost riders and they were in the sky.  The term ghost riders was a common name among those old people, and everyone knew what it meant.  Of course it wasn’t the hollywood  type with eyes of fire etc.  but more like actual riders.

    It could be explained by mirages.  There are numerous, credible accounts of mirages that appeared in the sky out there.  It’s possible, with the incredibly dry, clear air, that years ago the pollutants we have now didn’t exist, and that could account for mirages being common.   Or, who knows, maybe it was something very other dimensional!   But, whatever, the ghost riders were credible and a part of the culture back then, and if those old people could hear this song, they would sit up and pay attention!

    #42597
    cricket
    cricket
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    Great Halloween lesson, John!  Rodger, I think you’re our resident cowboy!

    #42601
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    Angela
    Participant

    Thanks. My dad tried to play guitar at one time in his life. This was the song he worked on. Thanks for the lesson John!

    #42612
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
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    Have always loved this piece and will now make an attempt to play it.    Quite beautiful and includes some good advice too.   Thank you for providing it to us.

    #42613
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    It’s fun to play! I tabbed it in four different keys to match different vocal ranges.

    Rodger, if you can ever find time away from your work, I think you should write an autobiographical book. At least, turn the recorder on and start speaking these memories.

    #42707
    Icebike
    Icebike
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    Thanks for this lesson, and especially the different keys.  I’ve always likes this song and listening to the group “Riders in the Sky” play it.

    Joe

     

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    #42720
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    That is my favorite version, too!

    #43176
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
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    Great lesson!  Great song!  Great fiddlin’!  Great voice!  Great hat!

    Great Scott!   🙂

    #43203
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Haha thanks GS. I really am enjoying this hat!

    #45755
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
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    Got Ghost Riders into my practice and totally LOVE IT!   Seem to recall getting shivers the first time that I heard it and it still has that effect on me somewhat.  Will fit this one in frequently and sure appreciate getting the words too   Have tried to increase my practice time to about at least an hour a day and am very pleasantly surprised.   You  have a splendid site, sir!

    #45903
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Thank you! Glad this one made it into your routine. It is a fun song!

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