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How to Play Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

Waltzing Matilda

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

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 38:28Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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numbinumbi replied on November 9th, 2015

It's kinda funny hearing someone else singing it... definitely not the Aussie 'chanting' way - but really cool! :)

jensterjenster replied on April 24th, 2013

Another great australian song Jim if you could consider posting is The band played waltzing matilda, can be strummed or picked. It was created by Eric Bogle about the battle of Gallopili.

jacktitlejacktitle replied on November 23rd, 2012

My ancestry traces back to The First Fleet,a prison hulk called the Sirius and I just learned more about the tune than I ever knew.

rgd2127zrgd2127z replied on November 12th, 2012

Aussie Aussie Aussie!

numbinumbi replied on November 9th, 2015

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!!!

markmc500markmc500 replied on April 22nd, 2012

quite funny (as someone who grew up with this song) to realise it takes the first 3 minutes of the lesson just to translate the idioms from the lyrics

birdmanjonesbirdmanjones replied on March 16th, 2012

Fantastic! Thanks so much!

gus thomassongus thomasson replied on January 19th, 2012

Oh boy, I've found a good teacher and a real challenge. What a pleasure to see your excellent technique and teaching style. Now for the quest to actually play the thing. Thanks Jim

_just_john_just_john replied on February 1st, 2011

ok jim thats it. I have taken you at your word that you cant sing since i signed onto this site ... you did a fantastic job here both playing and vocal. And if that was jeff and you were lip synching, well you even do that better then the best GREAT to see this clip!!!!

ErebusBlackErebusBlack replied on January 7th, 2011

finally a song from my neck of the woods lol, thanks so much man

numbinumbi replied on November 9th, 2015

Heck yeah

angelaguitarangelaguitar replied on October 2nd, 2010

Hi Jim. I really enjoy your playing of Waltzing Matilda. I find it difficult to copy the right hand plucking. Is this able to be recorded anywhere so I can look at it little by little please?

kay burnskay burns replied on January 21st, 2010

Gidday Jim ,Australia day is this Tuesday 26th yep we will be having a party mid week and wish you were here playing that version for us : thanks

thedudefromozthedudefromoz replied on May 22nd, 2010

i GOT THE TRIAL VERSION FROM KYSER AND I CANT WATCH THIS FOR SOME REASON ITS GOT A WARNING SIGN OR SOMTHING...

rich54rich54 replied on September 12th, 2009

you know awhile ago I had this song in my head and I could not get it out I picked up the guitar and started to pickout the notes and the cords I quickly hit a wall and couldn't get any further. Other things got inot the way and I forgot about it till today Thanks Jim. I joined JP about a month ago when I came across it by chance and I saw you playing Pick in my Pocket I had to learn it. I really enjoy play it and then I started investigating two songs at once and now this song... I am really enjoying the new music Thanks

gerrymac7gerrymac7 replied on October 21st, 2008

thanks Jim........another one to learn to add to my repertoire.....not bad singer either...

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on October 17th, 2008

That wasn't really me singing. I just lip synched and Jeff provided the vocals with an over-dub... ;)

jboothjbooth replied on October 20th, 2008

It's amazing how well I can mimic your voice, isn't it?

rockerdonrockerdon replied on October 17th, 2008

that is awesome. this will take a while!

greenogreeno replied on October 17th, 2008

Great job Jim!!! Time to change the title to "Fingerstyle guitarist & Vocal Stylist".

SylviaSylvia replied on October 17th, 2008

And you SAY you can't sing??? Sounded great.

customs123customs123 replied on October 16th, 2008

Jim that was truly amazing! It brings me back to when I was a kid and my Dad and Uncles would play this. Being they were from Ireland, they always loved these types of songs. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

tommekentommeken replied on October 16th, 2008

omg...how can i thank you Jim..nice performance too !!!

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Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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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
Lesson 8

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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Yankee Doodle Dixie

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a performance version of "Yankee Doodle Dixie." This version features both the verse and chorus of "Dixie" on top of "Yankee Doodle."

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
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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
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The Little Drummer Boy

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

Length: 36:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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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.

The opening song you hear in Jim's introductory JamPlay video is called, "A Pick In My Pocket". It's an original tune, written in memory of Jim's father who told him early on he should always keep a pick in his pocket in case he ever met Chet Atkins and got the chance to play for him. That song is slated to be the title track for his next CD, which will feature several more originals plus some of his favorite covers of Chet and Jerry arrangements.

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