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Thread #45054   Message #665191
Posted By: Rick Fielding
08-Mar-02 - 01:44 PM
Thread Name: what do you want from a songbook
Subject: RE: what do you want from a songbook
Well, a picture of you and Ozzie Osbourne chatting about English weather over a fence would be nice.

Actually on a serious note, here's something that absolutely blew me away from "The Bluegrass Songbook". The lyrics were printed out double spaced and above them were JUST the three high strings of the guitar with the melody notated in the simplest of tabliture. All the songs were written for the keys of G and D. Even someone who had no knowledge of music theory at all could figure out the melody line very easily. By capoing they could transpose the songs to a singable key that suited their voice. You almost had to see this to appreciate how easy it made learning the tune.

On another note. I've had literally hundreds of folks thank me for including the chords along with the lyrics on my Folk-Legacy album "Lifeline". It meant extra work for Sandy paton, but it made the songs easily learnable.

I have two books of Irish and Scottish songs that included a CD with the first verse and chorus to each song....almost tooo easy...but helpful.