Greensleeves

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 13:10

When I was first teaching myself to play the autoharp, I got to feeling pretty cocky about my ability to play by ear. I brought it along to a church youth conference I was chaparoning and asked a teenage boy to pick a tune so I could demonstrate. I was expecting him to choose a rock song, I guess, but hearing a rock song butchered on the autoharp was not his priority: much better to make himself look smart and take me down a notch! He asked for "Greensleeves," and I was stumped... it took me about 5 years to work out this arrangement, and I don't ask teenagers for requests anymore.

Click through for a recording of this arrangement.

Note that this tune is in 3/4 time, with the first note beginning on the third beat of the measure.

chords: Dm Dm - C F - (G) F C - - Am - (G) Am
melody: D4 F    G A5   B  A G4  E C     D  E

Bb - - Gm - (C) Gm A7 - -  A7 - Dm
F    D D     C  D  E    C# A    D

Dm - C F - (G) F C - - Am - (G) Am
F    G A5   B  A G4  E C     D  E

Bb - (C) Gm A7 - (G) A7 Dm - - Dm - -
F     E  D  C#    B  C# D      D

F - - F - (G) F C - - Am - (G) Am
C5    C    B  A G4  E C     D  E

Bb - - Gm - (C) Gm A7 - -  A7 - -
F    D D     C  D  E    C# A

F - - F - (G) F C - - Am - (G) Am
C5    C    B  A G4  E C     D  E

Bb - (C) Gm A7 - (G) A7 Dm - - Dm -
F     E  D  C#    B  C# D      D

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