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How to Play Red River Valley by Jim Deeming (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

Red River Valley

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley."

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 11:09Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Red River Valley makes a great beginning fingerstyle guitar solo while you are still learning to get your right hand thumb operating steady and independent of your fingers.

The song's origins are difficult to track exactly but it appears in printed music and manuscripts dating back to the 1880s. The lyrics are as follows:
From this valley they say you are going.
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile,
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while.

So come sit by my side if you love me.
Do not hasten to bid me adieu.
Just remember the Red River Valley,
And the one that has loved you so true.
In this lesson there are two arrangements. The first is straightforward with the simplest and fewest number of chords. The melody notes are nearly all quarter notes, which causes them to be played simultaneously with the thumb. It may help you to think of this as a "pinch" technique on your right hand.

In the second version, I've added a couple of transition chords – namely the A7 and D chords, as well as an Fm near the end. Also watch for a bit of a walking bass line to spice things up. I did not specifically call out the syncopated notes in the tab but you can easily figure them out from the video and by advancing the timing of some of the melody notes to be played just a bit sooner than the bass (notes).

Remember, all the way through either version, your thumb should maintain a steady quarter note beat. Set your metronome to your thumb beat and see if you can play it consistently on the beat.

Have fun!

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Tod GTod G replied on May 1st, 2016

Great lesson Jim!!

SodaPopSodaPop replied on May 28th, 2013

nice easy one!

jookiejamesjookiejames replied on November 24th, 2012

First class as always, Jim! Thanks for your time and talent.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on April 29th, 2010

Tabs will be up as soon as I get them from Jim. In the mean time, check out Jim's lesson on thumb independence.

jphillips6jphillips6 replied on March 5th, 2011

thanks

restrummerrestrummer replied on May 3rd, 2010

thanks

carpetguruscarpetgurus replied on November 27th, 2010

How do I show down the vido of Jim' picking .So I can Follow along. Jim A great teacher. I really like all his lessons. Thank You For Jam Play

915366441915366441 replied on July 9th, 2010

great man

restrummerrestrummer replied on April 29th, 2010

jim I have been playing for years (over 27) but having trouble using alternating thumb with melody. Any suggestions? Also, would you know why I cannot find the tabs for this song (Red River). This song is probably a real good fingerstyle to practice the alternating bass picking with melody. I can alternate bass in songs that use travis picking like Landslide but this is not the same as what you are showing. Are there any other other songs that you would suggest that would help me build up this skill or any other lessons on Jamplay with instruction on this?? Thanks Ron

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Christmas Medley Part 2

In this second part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Christmas Medley Part 3

In the 3rd part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Alice's Restaurant

Jim Deeming covers the classic song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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On Jordan's Stormy Banks

Jim Deeming teaches "On Jordan's Stormy Banks", a gospel tune from his CD First Fruits.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a beautiful fingerstyle version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Length: 22:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Windy and Warm

In this lesson Jim covers his version of "Windy and Warm," a song written by John Loudermilk and performed by Chet Atkins.

Length: 23:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Waltzing Matilda

Jim teaches an arrangement of "Waltzing Matilda," a popular Australian folk song. He teaches the song in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

Length: 38:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Length: 30:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Red Wing

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic folk song "Red Wing."

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Wildwood Flower

Jim teaches "Wildwood Flower," a well-known bluegrass folk song. While it was made popular by the Carter Family, this song originated in the 1860s. Jim teaches you his own version which blends the familiar...

Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Stephen Foster Medley

Jim teaches Chet Atkins' arrangement of the "Stephen Foster Medley." He adds his personal touch to this three song medley.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Last Steam Engine Train

Jim Deeming teaches the song "Last Steam Engine Train" by John Fahey.

Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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The Claw

Jim Deeming teaches "The Claw" by Jerry Reed.

Length: 39:51 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Away In A Manger

Jim Deeming teaches a simple version and an advanced fingerstyle version of "Away In A Manger".

Length: 19:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Silent Night

Jim Deeming teaches a beginner version and a more advanced fingerstyle version of "Silent Night."

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Little Drummer Boy

Jim Deeming teaches a warmed over arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy."

Length: 36:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Freight Train

Jim Deeming teaches "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten.

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Amazing Grace

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Auld Lang Syne

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle interpretation of the classic "Auld Lang Syne."

Length: 28:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Red River Valley

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley."

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Armed Forces Medley

Jim Deeming teaches a medley of songs from the five main branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Length: 40:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Good King Wenceslas

Jim Deeming teaches the Christmas song "Good King Wenceslas."

Length: 27:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Water Is Wide

Jim Deeming teaches both a fingerstyle and flatpicking version of the classic tune "The Water Is Wide."

Length: 31:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Pick in My Pocket

Jim Deeming teaches his original fingerstyle masterpiece, "A Pick in My Pocket".

Length: 51:07 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Farewell My Bluebell

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic tune "Farewell My Bluebell." Originally written by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse, the tune has been popularized by artists such as Merle...

Length: 20:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Jim Deeming View Full Biography Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.

Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.

More recently he has pursued arrangements by Tommy Emmanuel and Doyle Dykes, in addition to creating some of his own and writing originals.

Jim has performed in front of a variety of audiences, including concerts, competitions, weddings and the like, but playing at church has always been a mainstay. Whether playing in worship bands or guitar solos, gospel music is deep in his roots and is also the driving theme behind his debut CD release, titled "First Fruits".

Jim has been playing for about 38 years. He also has taught private lessons in the past but believes JamPlay.com is an exciting and better venue with many advantages over the traditional method of weekly 30 minute sessions.

Jim lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife, Linda, and their four children. Although he still has a "day job", he is actively performing and is already back in the studio working on the next CD. If you wonder how he finds time, look no further than the back seat of his truck where he keeps a "travel guitar" to take advantage of any practice or song-writing opportunities he can get.

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