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Blow Ye Winds of the Morning (song to play!)

 

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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 1B

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In this lesson, you will learn to play the song, Blow Ye Winds of the Morning. This will give you a chance to work with the new fingerpicking pattern in a specific musical context.

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.

In this lesson, I'll play the song in 2 different keys: the key of A, and then the key of C. If you are using this video as a playalong, this will give you the opportunity to practice the new fingerpicking pattern with a wider variety of chords.

You may find one key to be easier for you to play in than the other. And you may find one key to be a better fit for your voice, if you learn to sing this song.

BLOW YE WINDS OF THE MORNING (key of A)

VERSE:

'Tis (A) advertised in (E) Boston
New (A) York, and Buffa...(A)...lo
Five (D) hundred brave A...(A)...mericans
A (E) whalin' for to (E) go.

CHORUS:

Singing (A) Blow ye Winds in the (E) Morning
(A) Blow ye winds, heigh (A) ho!
(D) Clear away your (A) runnin' gear
And (E) blow, ye winds heigh (A) ho! (A)

(Additional verses. Play a Chorus after each one.)

They send you to New Bedford,
that famous whaling port,
And give you to some land sharks
To board and fit you out.

They send you to a boardin' house,
there for a time to dwell;
The thieves there they are thicker
Than the other side of Hell.

They tell you of the clipper ships
a-runnin' in and out,
And say you'll take five hundred whales
before you're six months out.

And now we're out to sea, my boys,
the wind comes on to blow;
One-half the watch is sick on deck,
the other half below.

The skipper's on the quarterdeck
A-squintin' at the sails,
When up aloft the lookout spots
A mighty school of whales

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BLOW YE WINDS OF THE MORNING (key of C)

VERSE:

'Tis (C) advertised in (G) Boston
New (C) York, and Buffa...(C)...lo
Five (F) hundred brave A...(C)...mericans
A (G) whalin' for to (G) go.

CHORUS:

Singing (C) Blow ye Winds in the (G) Morning
(C) Blow ye winds, heigh (C) ho!
(F) Clear away your (C) runnin' gear
And (G) blow, ye winds heigh (C) ho! (C)

(Additional verses. Play a Chorus after each one.)

They send you to New Bedford,
that famous whaling port,
And give you to some land sharks
To board and fit you out.

They send you to a boardin' house,
there for a time to dwell;
The thieves there they are thicker
Than the other side of Hell.

They tell you of the clipper ships
a-runnin' in and out,
And say you'll take five hundred whales
before you're six months out.

And now we're out to sea, my boys,
the wind comes on to blow;
One-half the watch is sick on deck,
the other half below.

The skipper's on the quarterdeck
A-squintin' at the sails,
When up aloft the lookout spots
A mighty school of whales

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