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Tennessee Waltz in Drop D

Lesson ID: A0188

In this guitar lesson, we’ll work on a flatpicking arrangement that follows the melody of the classic song “Tennessee Waltz” written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. The practice arrangement in this lesson is inspired by a version performed by Pablo Hernandez that was posted to the lesson request section of our forum. Be sure to check out Pablo’s YouTube channel as well. Overall, this is a great progression for practicing your slow and melodic flatpicking.

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Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
2 years ago

Very nice lesson!

G
G(@g)
2 years ago

Cool lesson Devin,
Thanks for sharing.

Alice
Alice(@alicelarhotmail-com)
2 years ago

Thanks. This is beautiful!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

Beautiful arrangement, chords and melody. Really like this one, two thumbs up! Thanks Devin!

Kate
Kate(@kate)
2 years ago

This is such a lovely arrangement Devin. Really looking forward to learning it.

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

I’ve haven’t tried any Drop D yet… here goes… just bow your neck and go…

Eric Reinhardt
Eric Reinhardt(@rinny51)
2 years ago

Great lesson, like the sound of that song

dom
dom(@dom)
2 years ago

Nice tune. Thanks Devin.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

Hi Devin, do you mind to give me the tempo of that beautiful waltz? thanks!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin….I really love this one!!! very nice job you know!

Matthew Serra
Matthew Serra(@mserra6787)
2 years ago

This is one of the nicest arrangements you’ve done and I’d love to see more like this. Kudos.

Stephen
Stephen(@griffs-bluegrass)
2 years ago

Last year I learnt the ‘Kentucky Waltz’ so this is great to learn your cool arrangement for this famous waltz as well, I can still think back to Tom Jones singing it !!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

I crack myself up. I listened to this lesson without the tabs. Just ear buds. I got so excited on that’s nice and slow even I could play that. Well, I’m not that good. Yet. I went right back to Molly Tuttle and Banks of the Ohio. My plan is to learn one measure a day. Starting tomorrow lol

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith(@nathanhtsgmail-com)
2 years ago

Devin this is awesome. This is the type of playing I’ve wanted to work on for years. I’m almost through the whole thing – I’ll give myself another week or two to get all the details dialed in. I kinda get goosebumps as I play through parts of it. This is what I’ve been looking for for years and you’ve got it all packaged up here beautifully. Thanks for making me a better guitar player.

smgriffin1236
smgriffin1236(@megohm)
2 years ago

Very nice picking song. Great lesson!

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
2 years ago

This is one of my favourite songs

Jamin Hill
Jamin Hill(@jamo)
2 years ago

I’m new here and I LOVE this! Thank you Devin. I’m so glad I found you.

Kate
Kate(@kate)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

Finally felt like I got this nailed today and then you add more to learn…

Just kidding – this has been such a good one. Deceptively difficult (I thought) but definitely my favourite of your lessons.

I’m always a bit sorry when I get to the end so I’m loving the new verses (and the walkthrough would probably be useful tbh).
Thanks Devin 🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by Kate
Alfred Dowaliby
Alfred Dowaliby(@cowboy1429)
1 month ago
Reply to  Devin

Devin, echoing the sentiments of so many members, this song is beautiful. Now it’s my go to song when someone asks me to play something for them. The work has more than paid off. All your lessons are valuable, but I don’t think I would be alone in requesting a full breakdown the two bonus verses. You teach everything so clearly and precisely and I know it would help immensely.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
1 year ago

Two thumbs up for the 2 bonus verses up the neck and back down the neck. I like that kind of music…thousands thanks Devin and have a nice weekend!

j.phillips189
j.phillips189(@j-phillips189btinternet-com)
1 year ago

Lovely…..

gary
gary(@mrgary)
1 year ago

Love this arrangement! Typo measure 25 of chorus?

gary
gary(@mrgary)
1 year ago
Reply to  gary

(on the print out)

gary
gary(@mrgary)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

Hey Devin – Way back when I first looked at measure 25 I was thinking “how could I be hitting 4 strings and playing just 2 different notes?” Fast forward a few weeks later I’m working on the “Back down the neck” verse at measure 8 same deal I guess I’m getting smarter cuz I figured out the notation there 5th fret on 2nd string = E etc. ! I am Eating crow, no typo! I worked through up and down the neck from your playthrough. Thanks! (I like the title on the Up the Neck TAB page!) Oh you… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by gary
gary
gary(@mrgary)
1 year ago

I’d love to see a full breakdown for bonus verses 1 and 2! That would be extremely helpful for me.

Kate
Kate(@kate)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

This would be great. I’m having trouble getting the “up the neck” version nice and clean. Mostly because I’m not used to playing long sections above the 7th/9th fret. (I’m probably not alone in this?!)

It’s all getting better with practice, but any tips would be appreciated. Thanks Devin.

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

I’m with you there. I’m pretty frightened to go up the neck even though I sit and practice pentatonic scales up to the 14th or more.

Christopher Quinn
Christopher Quinn(@christopher)
1 year ago

Wonderful. I hope there will be more like this self-accompanied piece.

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

A few months ago, I had ran away from this lesson as fast as I could! Came back today and shocked myself off my stool! Originally, could play this at even the slowest speed. Today I played it! At speed! Maybe I’m learning something here!! I’ve been working almost exclusively on Jerusalem Ridge for weeks. Can play that now by memory and with speed!! Confidence is growing!! Cheers to another 6 months Devin!

Patrick Tembo
Patrick Tembo(@tom-grace)
1 year ago

Hey Devin! do you think it’s important to learn to mentally count every single note as you play?

Jay Adkins
Jay Adkins(@backboneadkins)
8 months ago

Maybe show a quick video on all three played together.

Greg
Greg(@prospector16gmail-com)
3 months ago

One of the best arrangements and lesson on this song anywhere. Well done Devin and thanks!!

Alfred Dowaliby
Alfred Dowaliby(@cowboy1429)
3 months ago

It’s amazing how something made up of such simple elements can sound so beautiful. But then I’m learning that precision is required, and every note and chord counts and must ring out.

Mdockum2
Mdockum2(@mdockum2comcast-net)
2 months ago

Beautiful chords. Sounds great! Love your teaching methods, Devin. You make what seems impossible to play, totally possible!

millardfnorris
millardfnorris(@millardfnorrisyahoo-com)
7 days ago

Wow Devin, I appreciate the accuracy of your tabs and the detail you provide. You have made a very approachable arrangement that is so satisfying to play.

Thank you and keep up the good work!