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The Water is Wide (song to play!)


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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 2

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Here is an example of a fingerpicking pattern, plus ornaments, being used to create an arrangement for a song.

In this version of the traditional song, "The Water is Wide", you'll hear me use the 4-Step Pattern Variation #1, as well as a Bass Run from C to Am, and the G suspended 4 figure. All of these figures appear in the tablature below, as well as in previous lessons in this tutorial, Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 2.

In this lesson we will play this song all the way through together. Here's a version of the lyrics for The Water is Wide:


(C)The water is wide, (F)I cannot cross (C)O'er

(C to Am Run)Neither have I wings to (Gsus4 figure)fly

Give me a (Em)boat that can carry (Am)two(F)

And both shall (C)row, (F)my (G)love and (C)I

A ship there is and she sails the sea
She's loaded deep as deep can be
But not so deep as the love I'm in
I know not if I sink or swim

I leaned my back against an oak
Thinking it was a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
So did my love prove false to me

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