Guitar lesson for
Saskatchewan in 1881
by Colter Wall • Lesson #318
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Hey friends! here’s a new guitar lesson teaching you how to play Colter Wall’s 2018 song “Saskatchewan in 1881”. Instead of playing it fingerstyle like Colter does, I’m going to show you a strummed version (simply because I cannot pull off what Colter Wall is able to do with his fingers￼). While I am simplifying it in this regard, there’s plenty of room for fun – through alternating bass notes with your strumming, as well as walk-ups and walk-downs in each of the verse section￼s. I’ll teach all this and more!￼
- 0:00 Preview & lesson summary
- 2:01 Chord shapes needed
- 5:27 Chord progressions
- 7:13 Strumming patterns
- 10:29 Walk-up & walk-downs, with tabs
- 16:04 Full playthrough, with lyrics
Colter Wall playing this song
Live version (so you can watch him play fingerstyle):
Want to learn the fingerstyle version?
Here is a lesson from another teacher if you want to learn it fingerstyle, like Colter plays it. This teacher has a printable tab showing the exact fingerpicking notes. Here’s his video:
Lyrics and chords
INTRO | C | C | C | C7 | | F | F | F | C (C/B) | | G | G7 | C | C | VERSE C C C C7 Mr. Toronto man... go away from my door F F F C C You got my wheat and Canola seed... and you're asking me for more G G7 C C Better fly 'fore I... produce my forty-four C C C C7 I'm just a prairie boy... never meant none no harm F F F C C Spend my day... makin' wages... out on the Martin's farm G G7 C C No eastern boy... is gonna twist my arm [ INSTRUMENTAL VERSE ] C C C C7 It's so damn cold out here... wind will cut you half in two F F F C C I ain't kidding now... my old plow is frozen to my mule G G7 C C I've been livin' on... ice cold rainbow stew C C C C7 Don't be pickin' fights... with no Mennonites F F F C C Don't be raisin' Cain, while they're plantin' grain, and workin' through the night G G7 C C Gonna let you know... if you ain't acting right [ INSTRUMENTAL VERSE ] C C C C7 So, Mr. Toronto man... go away from my door F F F C C You got my wheat and Canola seed... and you're asking me for more G G7 C C Better fly 'fore I... produce my forty-four G G7 C C [ end on final C ] Better fly 'fore I... produce my forty-four
See PDF for fretboard diagrams of all chords.
See PDF for strumming diagram.
Walk-up and walk-down tabs
See PDF for tabs.
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