Billy In The Lowground, Marcel Ardans (Intermediate)

Billy In The Lowground is frequently the first tune in the key of C that flatpickers learn. This arrangement is straightforward and easy to read but if you spend most of your time playing in G, you’ll likely find this one to be a tougher one to tackle. Billy In The Lowground also is one of the few tunes on this site that comes in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced difficulty so its a good one to grow with. Enjoy!

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Billy In The Lowground is frequently the first tune in the key of C that flatpickers learn. This arrangement is straightforward and easy to read but if you spend most of your time playing in G, you’ll likely find this one to be a tougher one to tackle. Billy In The Lowground also is one of the few tunes on this site that comes in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced difficulty so its a good one to grow with. Enjoy!

(Intermediate guitar tabs include an ornamented version of the melody, chord markings above, and more often than not, a kick-off and a tag. Where the beginning guitar tabs had quarter notes expect there to now be a steady stream of eighth notes! These tabs, though more difficult than the beginning tabs, do not stray far from the melody like the advanced guitar tabs. Intermediate tabs without a bluegrass kick-off or tag generally come from other traditions such as Irish Fiddle Music (Frank’s Reel) or Spanish Folk Songs (La Borrachita).)