Learn How To Play Scarborough Fair
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
Originally an old folklore, Scarborough Fair was made worldwide famous by Simon & Garfunkel.
It would be very hard to play Scarborough Fair using different shapes than what you see in the second video in the playlist above. It is the shape and the incorporated open strings that make the arrangement.
Using a capo on fret 7, we think in the key of Am, but what you hear is Em.
You can’t change the finger style patterns or chord shapes, as they are what gives Scarborough Fair its distinctive sound.
But what you can do, is ad a 2nd guitar part, this is what you see in the first video above.
Scarborough Fair Chords
In the verse, we use all kinds of intervals from the Dorian scale, maintaining the open 5th string.
To name the chords can cause all kinds of debate, after all, they are unique due to the open strings so reading them as you would with any song, doesn’t make all that much sense.
Still, this is what they actually are, thinking in A (remember there’s a capo on fret 7!)
| A13sus4 | Dsus24 Dsus4/F# | Cmaj7 G/B ||: A13sus4 | Asus2 :||
||: A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
| C | Am7 | C D | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
| A13sus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 | C | C G/B Am7 | G C/E G |
| C/E G | A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
| A13sus4 | Asus2 :||
| A13sus4 | Dsus24 Dsus4/F# | Cmaj7 G/B | Asus2 |
Scarborough Fair – Step 1
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Scarborough Fair – Step 2
Instead of playing at 100 and 110 BPM, we now play at 120 and 129 BPM. TAB loops are available for all 6 examples.
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Scarborough Fair – Step 3
Capo is on fret 7, think in A Dorian and play it exactly like the original along with me and a singer with full TAB.
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Scarborough Fair – Step 4
The part will only work alongside the first part and is played with a pick, rather than finger style.
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Scarborough Fair – Step 5
When you can do this, you’ll be set up to play the entire song.
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Scarborough Fair – Step 6
Following this, there are two complete versions of the song in the playlist to play with me and the singer.
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Scarborough Fair – Step 7
Following this, let’s play and then develop the vocal melody of Scarborough Fair.
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Scarborough Fair – Step 8
Finally, we discover the secret to how Paul Simon writes songs, and get an example of how to do it!
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Simon & Garfunkel
Their hits include Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, The Boxer, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and American Tune.
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