Scottish Songs for Guitar

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Scottish Songs for Guitar is a collection of fingerstyle arrangements, in both standard and dropped-D tuning.

Author, performer, and Acoustic Guitar magazine contributing editor Danny Carnahan shows you how to play 15 popular classics—from “Both Sides the Tweed,” a protest song from the 1700s, to “Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie,” a Robert Burns tune celebrating the adventures of a freewheeling, hard-drinking fiddler.

This songbook is available in two formats:
  • Book & Video Download package: More than 50 pages with written instruction, notation and tab, complete lyrics, and historical background information, and functions as either a guitar and voice arrangement or solo guitar piece. Plus, 80 minutes of accompanying video instruction, performed by Danny Carnahan, available to download.
  • PDF & Video Download package: Downloadable version featuring the complete written instruction (including standard notation and tablature) from the book, plus more than 80 minutes of accompanying video instruction, performed by Danny Carnahan.

"Of all the American musicians who have taken Scotland's music to their hearts, Danny Carnahan is the one who let it in the deepest. Simplicity, grandeur, defiance, adversity, love, loss, endurance—they're all here. You have a fine tool in your hands. Use it well."—Brian McNeill

"Danny Carnahan knows what it takes to give the old Scottish songs an authentic voice on the guitar. This project will be pure delight for all guitar-playing lovers of Celtic music." —Steve Baughman

"This collection features some of the finest Scottish songs. If you'd like to learn to play them, you should read this book." —Robin Williamson

Danny Carnahan has been performing and recording Celtic music for over 35 years, playing guitar, octave mandolin, fiddle, and singing. Appearing in festivals and clubs from Scotland to New Zealand, he has toured with duo partners Chris Caswell and Robin Petrie, and shared stages with Celtic artists including Johnny Moynihan, Robin Williamson, and Johnny Cunningham. His original songs are known and sung all over the Celtic world. Carnahan’s 14th and most recent CD, Deal, is the fourth release with his band Wake the Dead, the world’s first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band. It follows his most recent solo CD of original songs, Sky in Your Pocket.

Carnahan has penned feature articles and columns for Acoustic Guitar and Mandolin magazines. His three musical murder mysteries, A Jig Before Dying, Fortune Turns the Wheel, and With His Dying Breath, are available in trade paperback and Kindle versions. Carnahan also teaches songwriting and Celtic instrumental techniques at several California music camps. He lives in Albany, California, with his lovely wife, Saundra; irrepressible son, Teddy; and imaginary dog, Spike. For more about Danny Carnahan, visit and

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