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St. Anne’s Reel

Lesson ID: A0165

“St. Anne’s Reel” is a traditional French-Canadian tune in the public domain that was made popular by Joseph Allard in the 1930s. This song was originally played on the fiddle but it has become a favorite flatpicking tune of guitarists at bluegrass jams.

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a traditional melody for “St. Anne’s Reel” on guitar. We’ll work through two different flatpicking guitar arrangements with tablature. The first arrangement will be played at a higher octave and it will work up the guitar neck on the B and E strings. The second arrangement has a nice low-pitched sound that will turn some heads at your next bluegrass jam. After you learn the guitar breaks, practice your bluegrass flatpicking over our “St. Anne’s Reel” backing track in D.


Arrangement 1

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Breakdown – Measures 1 through 5
05:34 min Breakdown – Measures 6 through 9
08:36 min Breakdown – Measures 10 through 17
10:38 min Practice the A Part
11:49 min Breakdown – Measures 18 through 21
17:11 min Breakdown – Measures 22 through 25
19:03 min Breakdown – Measures 26 through 33
20:41 min Practice the B Part

Arrangement 2

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Backing Track

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2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Devin, it happened again!
I just learned about this tune two days ago and liked it so much that I put it on my to do list. I now found out that you have a lesson on it already. That’s about the fourth time I experienced this, so I think I’m with the right teacher here. 🙂

5 years ago

Sounds great Devin. Thank you. I’m struggling to find the time to practice just one of your lessons and you keep churning new ones out!

5 years ago

Good one, thanks Devin!

5 years ago

The backing track is very helpful…thanks Devin!

5 years ago

Hey Devin, I am really enjoying the CGO website and find it to be very professional. I have been working my way through the guitar course and I am up to lesson 7, Cripple Creek. The lessons are well done and in particular I like the way they are presented for beginners, one note at time until you work through the whole song. This lesson also provides a beginner version and an intermediate version, which is great. I found the site while looking for Angeline the Baker lessons. In addition to the course I have been working through that tune.… Read more »

5 years ago

Thanks so much

5 years ago

Thanks Devin, a very easy to follow lesson. I just joined your site, you have some great content. I am looking forward to having lots of fun learning from you. – Terry

johnny S
johnny S(@jlselfincgmail-com)
3 years ago

Great tune! Definitely helps with pick control!

Rick Miller
Rick Miller(@rmiller003)
3 years ago

Having trouble with fingering. I’m using my pointer finger over 1st fret. Then when I see the tab number, it is correct. I’m going to try the hand position you have today. I just have to get passed seeing a 2 finger and using the 1. Does anyone else have that problem?

Also, your teaching is the best way I have ever found to learn guitar. Thanks Devin!

2 years ago
Reply to  Rick Miller

I still fight the 1st finger muscle memory problem, Rick! I got the piece (mostly) memorized but often feel my fingers fumbling with the 1 or 2 finger

Janet Fitzgetald
2 years ago

I can’t get the tab to download and print. I have printed other tabs successfully. But there’s a problem with this one. After I download it and go to print, text cones out of the printer, not the tab.

Nathan Henness
Nathan Henness(@myzager20)
1 year ago

I love the arrangement Devin!!!

BRADFORD Early(@bearcat57)
1 month ago

I love this song, the only problem I’m having is transitioning from the A part to the B part. I’m almost there. Not bad though for 85 years old.