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Angeline the Baker

Arranging for the Guitar's Growl

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Angeline the Baker > Arranging for the Guitar's Growl

Hello Friends!

This week I’ve got a new tune for you - the venerable “Angeline The Baker.” This is a standard in the bluegrass/fiddle tune world and, as such, is a good tune for any flatpicker to know. But it also works out very well as a solo guitar tune, thanks to the growling low drones afforded us by the drop D tuning. For this week’s lesson I’ll be showing you the basics of the melody, the chords, and a few fun embellishments.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Angeline The Baker


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:05 Breakdown of Melody and Chords

Loop 4:05 Practice Loop of Melody

Loop 16:00 Closing Thoughts





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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Sep 28, 2018

Sorry about the light not being quite up to snuff ... it was dusk and I'm not much of a videographer (either). Here is my go at the first 2 lessons on this tune and maybe a little of the 3rd by accident. Everytime I improvise a little it turns into Copperhead Road ...  sounds like an entirely different tune so we'll save that for later.



Bryan Mabe
Bryan Mabe Sep 29, 2018

Sounding awesome Kip

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Sep 30, 2018

What Bryan said! It sounds great and you changed a few things and did them in your own way, which I love. That’s the whole point of this thing. But you are playing with strength, conviction and fearlessness and those are attributes that have impact to the listener. I was totally rocking out listening to this. Great job, keep it up, and keep flirting with improvising, even if it does turn into Copperhead Road. Eventually it won’t!

Bryan Mabe
Bryan Mabe Sep 02, 2018

This is Killer Chris. New Version for me, I'm enjoying both of these lessons and really look forward to the next one

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Sep 20, 2018

Glad you're enjoying!

John D.
John D. Aug 22, 2018

Love this arrangement! I think the world needs a Chris Eldridge solo record... 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 22, 2018

Chris and Julian Lage have 2 tremendous records that I never put away. I'm hoping for a 3rd. Fngers crossed.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 27, 2018

Aw, thanks John! One of these days, one of these days...

Jeff Caldwell
Jeff Caldwell Aug 21, 2018

Beauty, Chris--did you use a 000 because a dreadnought's growl might become overpowering?

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 27, 2018

To be honest, I just love that little 000 and love to play it when I can! But small bodied guitars can be surprising - I’ve played 00-28s that had as much or more power and “growl’ than some pretty powerful D-28s. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 17, 2018

Chris - although growly and very cool .. your arrangement is elegant and beautiful. Great tune and I'll be having much fun with this.

Thank you!



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