Example 2 Basic fingerstyle arrangement
This first, basic arrangement is played mostly in the open position. The bass line is all-important for implying the harmony. The late, great, master guitar arranger Eric Roche said he often started his solo arrangements by constructing the bass line. The bass line can be used to add movement and smooth the transitions between chords. This concept is demonstrated in bars 4 and 12. An extra bar has been added in bar 9 and this gives the melody a chance to breathe. Extra bars are a popular addition when arranging Scarborough Fair and we will be using various permutations in the following arrangements. Bars 10 and 11 feature some openvoiced triad chords with the melody note on top. This type of voicing is easy to play and sounds concise and often more effective than large chords with lots of notes. This piece is to be performed free time with a relaxed fingerstyle technique. Aim to let all the notes ring into each other as much as possible. Play the melody notes slightly harder than the underlying notes, so the tune stands out. Both the fretting hand fingering and the picking hand pattern have been notated.