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Big Sciota

Lesson ID: A0137

In this guitar lesson, I’ll teach you how to play “Big Sciota“, a traditional song credited to Burl Hammons. This song is named after a 231-mile stretch of river in Ohio that was very important to many Native American cultures. It is believed that Ritchie Stearns was the first to attach words to the tune, and much later, “Big Sciota” was made more popular by Old Crow Medicine Show.


Playthrough with Tablature

Chord Progression

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Rhythm Overview
01:03 min “Big Sciota” Chord Progression
03:21 min Playthrough with Tablature
05:50 min Helpful Chord Transition Tips

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Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
6 years ago

I dont know much about country and bluegrass but I like this one…thanks Devin!

Mark (@guest_1090)
6 years ago

Really nice lesson and arrangement! Great job as always!

6 years ago

Thanks Devin for the track and that you thought about me!

6 years ago

Super track. Love this style of play. Will take me a while to get but looking forward to getting into it.
As always great job ????

Paul (@guest_1100)
6 years ago

Great lesson!

6 years ago

Thanks for the new lesson. I’ve learned so much in the last six months.

6 years ago

Very great melody,, I really enjoy the tone on this Martin D16 is it? If you had to choose one Martin would it be the 15 or 16? They both sound awesome to my ears in your videos!..going to get on this lesson now ty!

6 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I would certainly heed your advice and hope you do get the D-28 ! I would like to find a nice used one or if I hit the lottery, buy a new one! ,, if someday you feel up to it, I would be happy to learn something close to Tony Rice “Church street blues”..but very content with all the lessons I have here to learn too! I enjoy my D-35 I bought used,, it plays and sounds warm and tunes so well,, going to take your advice try 13s right now still have the 12 elixir phosphorus bronze the… Read more »

6 years ago

Yes it is truly as you say great exercise as well as a happy melody! I just need to memorize and be sure to follow the tab! great fun fiddle tune! thanks much!

5 years ago

This is one of my favourite songs to play. I was jamming with a violin player and she said it definitely felt like this was initially a fiddle melody. She said it felt very natural on fiddle. Is that true? It sounds great on guitar either way.

5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Cool. Maybe I’ll dust off the old mando and see if I can play it on that.

5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Yes, this is one of the five or so songs on which I can take a respectable break! A great arrangement, Devin! At jams, people always say, “I like your break on Big Sciota.” I reply, “It’s Devin’s” — as casually as tho we are best friends on a first name basis.

4 years ago

What a fantastic song ! I would love to play the flatpicking part but it is still a little to difficult for me , can you do a full breakdown of the flatpicking part ?

Walter Stinnett
Walter Stinnett(@chuckeeosu)
3 years ago

Great lesson I signed up just for this lesson. I love the tune. I’m just getting into flatpicking. Your version sounded more musical than other online versions. I have a technical question. Sometimes, it seems like pull-offs are used to simplify right hand work. But I notice pull-offs in this tune where picking the second note would not be difficult. Is your choice here to simplify for students, or for a softer more dynamic sound? I’m asking because I think this may be something I miss in my style. I like how other folks sound better than my sound often.… Read more »

Yodchai Wangchakorn
Yodchai Wangchakorn(@yodcountry1972)
3 years ago

Would you like me to play to the end of the song? will practice to complete the song

sandro donda
sandro donda(@sandro-donda)
2 years ago

THANKS DEVIN| really useful the strum lesson

Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker(@bigoogie37)
9 months ago

I first heard Jerry Douglas do this song and immediately became obsessed. So pumped to see you’ve done a lesson for it, can’t to jump in.