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This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Scarborough Fair.
Simon & Garfunkel’s rendition of “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” was released on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. The song is based on a traditional English folk ballad, “Scarborough Fair,” but Paul Simon added his own twist by incorporating “Canticle,” a new composition. This unique combination of old and new elements resulted in a hauntingly beautiful and iconic track. The song became a symbol of the 1960s folk revival, and its enduring popularity is a testament to the duo’s musical talent and the timelessness of their work.
It’s an excellent song to learn if you’re around the early intermediate level of fingerpicking and the song’s gentle tempo and clear chord progressions make it accessible for beginners too.
Alright, let’s pick up our guitars and learn how to play Scarborough Fair!