Big Sciota, Marcel Ardans (Beginner)

Information on Big Sciota courtesy of The Traditional Tune Archive.

Big Sciota is named for a river that flows through Ohio but the source for most versions of the melody is West Virginian fiddler Burl Hammons. The A part melody is charming and repetitive but the B part melody is vocal with long drawn out pauses that are ripe for improvising. This arrangement here is straight for the beginning player. You’ll find an honest, ornamented version of the melody within!

(Beginning guitar tabs include a clear simple version of the melody as well as chord markings above. My tabs at this level are intended to be affordable, to the point, and no nonsense. Perfect for the beginner that wants a straightforward version of a classic melody or the intermediate to advanced player that wants to learn a melody but embellish it themselves. Some fiddle tunes are difficult enough that a beginning or even intermediate version is unavailable.)

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