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Wildwood Flower

Fretboard Journal Version

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Wildwood Flower > Fretboard Journal Version

Back in 2008-2010 I had the great pleasure of being the custodian of the late, great Charles Sawtelle's 1937 D-28. It is absolutely one of the most spectacular and unique guitars I've ever had my hands on. Fretboard Journal (a magazine you should definitely check out if you aren't already familiar) did a 2 page spread on the guitar coming out of retirement. They also shot a video of me playing it. I played Wildwood Flower because it to me was the perfect tune for getting me out of the way and showcasing the beautiful sound that the guitar had to offer.

So this week I'm showing you the "baseline" version of the tune that I was playing from in that video. It incorporates a bit of simple crosspicking and a simple but slight variation on the B-part. It's all pretty easy - there is a good investment to reward ratio here! So please enjoy!




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Wildwood Flower
Fretboard Journal
Chris Eldridge

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Crosspicked Wildwood Flower Melody


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:31 What You Will Learn This Week

Loop 1:23 Breakdown of Wildwood Flower Crosspicked Melody

Loop 13:59 How To End The Tune

Loop 14:51 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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Mike May 14, 2019

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jun 19, 2019

Tony is still the king. Amazing. Thanks for posting!

Mark Wm Smith
Mark Wm Smith May 04, 2016

 Nice version. I'm looking forward to the embellishments.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 04, 2016

Mark - super cool picking. 


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 11, 2016

Mark Wm Smith
Mark Wm Smith May 11, 2016

Hey Chris, thank you for the great feedback. I depended quite a bit on the tab for this song, initially. That may have caused me to focus too heavily on accuracy at the expense of groove. I've tried to take your advice and round out the crosspicking, but the tab on the first (full) and third bars confuses me when I try to imitate the three-string roll. Let me kow if I'm close. Hope the tour is going well. Mark

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 30, 2016


This is such a beautiful song that you might try slowing it down a little bit and seeing how much you can milk it. That said, the groove and flow are really good here - notable improvement. Well done!

Mark Wm Smith
Mark Wm Smith May 31, 2016

Great advice, Chris, and right on target. "That kid, always in a hurry," is my theme song. I will try my best to savor the notes. Once again, thank you for the thoughtful comments. Mark

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Apr 30, 2016

Love this. I have been working on the crosspicking concept ever since you introduced it a couple of months ago but never did completly master the subtleties a.k.a.  ... Banks of the Ohio. My intention is to go back to that song soon but I always get sucked into the next lesson. Crosspicking really sounds awesome in Wildwood Flower and I hope to get it together because it is essential in these songs that you are introducing me to. I missed these really cool songs and method of playing the guitar growing up. Thanks!

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