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Free Monthly Email Newsletter — May 2016

Morgan Megan

Arranged by Mickey Abraham


Hello and welcome once again to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine’s free lesson portion of our monthly newsletter. This month’s tune is a beautiful composition from eighteenth century Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan. O’Carolan’s compositions often sound like a combination of Irish folk melodies and baroque themes. “Morgan Megan” is such a tune.

I feel it is important to learn beautiful melodies like “Morgan Megan” on the guitar. Many flatpickers are obsessed with hot licks and often neglect to even learn a tune’s melody. They are in such a rush to start improvising and jamming that the tune’s melody gets left out. I know I was, and to some extent still am guilty of this. Learning tunes like “Morgan Megan” will give you a different sense of satisfaction than just playing G licks and C licks (not that G and C licks are not cool!).

I hope you enjoy working through this simple yet beautiful arrangement of “Morgan Megan.” Make sure to click on the included lesson mp3 to hear O’Carolan’s melody in action. As always, should you have any questions or comments on this e-lesson just drop me a line at michabraham@comcast.net