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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 1B

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In this segment, we'll work with the practice song, Thyme. This song uses three chords, and Variation #1 of the Four Step Fingerpicking Pattern.

See if you can play this song along with me. With some practice, you should be able to do it all on your own. Even if this particular song is not your favorite thing in the world, learning to play it all the way through, up to speed, with good clarity and steady rhythm, is a great way to develop your skills. You can then easily apply those skills to songs of your own choosing.

THYME (traditional English folk song)

(G) Thyme, it (D) is a precious (G) thing (G)
(G) Thyme brings (G) all things to your (D) mind (D)
(G) Thyme with all its (G) labors
A...(C) long with all its (D) joys
And it's (G) thyme brings (D) all things to an (G) end (G)

Once I had a sprig of thyme
I thought it never would decay
Until a saucy sailor
Chanced upon my way
And he stole away my bonny bunch of thyme

This sailor, he gave to me a rose
I thought it never would decay
He gave it to me
To keep me well minded
Of the night he stole
My bonny thyme away

So come all you maidens brisk and gay
All you who flourish in your prime
Beware and take care
And keep your garden fair
And let no man steal your bonny bunch of thyme

Repeat verse 1


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