This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass song "Shady Grove," in the style of Doc Watson.
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Genre: Bluegrass, Old Time
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Keys of Em and Dm
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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the song "Shady Grove."
"Shady Grove" is a traditional Appalachian folk song, common in the repertoire of bluegrass and old-time musicians of the Cumberlands. Sung by both traditional folk musicians and folk revival musicians, it is sometimes identified as a courting song. The song describes "the true love of a young man's life and his hope they will wed."
Shady Grove Cheeks as red as a bloomin' rose And eyes the prettiest brown She's the darlin' of my heart Prettiest girl in town refrain: Shady Grove, my little love Shady Grove I say Shady Grove, my little love I'm bound to go away I wish I had a big fine horse And corn to feed him on And Shady Grove to stay at home And feed him while I'm gone Went to see my Shady Grove She was standing in the door Her shoes and stockin's in her hand And her little bare feet on the floor When I was a little boy I wanted a Barlow knife And now I want little Shady Grove To say she'll be my wife A kiss from little Shady Grove Is sweet as brandy wine And there ain't no girl in this old world That's prettier than mine