“Turkey in the Straw” | Traditional – Beginner/Intermediate Guitar Lesson


In this lesson, we look at the classic fiddle tune, “Turkey in the Straw” which uses AA-BB form. Almost everyone is familiar with this melody which makes it easier to connect the melody to the fingerings on the guitar. It’s also a great beginner tune because it makes use of a few basic guitar techniques including slides and ascending and descending lines. In this 3 part video, we’ll break down each note of both the A and B parts of the melody in detail. We also look at the rhythm part so you can learn the chord structure and a few bluegrass runs for moving between chords.

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You get three MP4 video files, six (6) MP3 audio practice tracks (three (3) with metronome), PDF tab sheet and a TEF tab file.

Lesson Preview


Part A – 20:01
Part B – 18:35
Rhythm – 9:07

PDF Tab Sheet

Turkey in the Straw.pdf

TEF Tab File

Turkey in the Straw.tef
(Use this file with TablEdit or TEFview.)

Audio Backing Tracks

100 BPM – 2:49
100 BPM with Metronome – 2:49
90 BPM – 3:07
90 BPM with Metronome – 3:07
80 BPM – 3:54
80 BPM with Metronome – 3:54