LEARN - "The Parting Glass", - Stick Dulcimer Guitar (D Strumstick / Seagull Merlin)

This song dates back as early as the 1700s.

Over the years it has had multiple artists cover it including Ed Sheeran, Hozier and the classic version by The High Kings. The Parting Glass is a traditional Irish/Scottish song of farewell, often sung at the end of a gathering of friends. It was the most popular parting song sung in Scotland before Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne”.

This song has a relatively simple melody, but by using the techniques like ‘hammer on’ and ‘pull off’ it adds that extra flair and gives it more character. I recommend you listen to all the versions of the song and adapt your own unique style and discover what works best for you.


If you also want to learn how to play Fortunate Son on the stick dulcimer we can get you started. Click the link to have access to purchase the cord guide for this song!


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