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Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow

Chords, Rhythm and Fingerpicking

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Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow > Chords, Rhythm and Fingerpicking

Greetings Guitar Friends and Neighbors!

Here’s my favorite Christmas song, an old one called Rise Up Shepherd and Follow from the African-American tradition. I first heard it on a Pete Seeger record but Mary J. Blige and Venessa Williams Among others have nice versions out there too. In this lesson we’ll go over ways to start using the flatpack and fingers together in order to get the big bass notes and a fluid dynamic feel on the top strings. We’ll also talk about the VII chord and how it works in the song structure along with the I, IV, and V chords. This is best played socially as a call and response song and we’ll look at how that can happen with a small group of singers.

Thank you for tuning up and tuning in here at the Sonic Junction! Whatever you celebrate (or don’t celebrate), happy holidays to you all, I hope to hear from you soon…

Dan Zanes




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:00 What You Will Learn Today

Loop 5:44 Breakdown of Chords and Right Hand Technique

Loop 16:20 Instrumental Passage

Loop 24:35 Singing, Closing Thoughts and Outro




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Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner Jan 03, 2018

Hi everyone,
the sheet music is somehow missing for this phantastic song.
cheers richard

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Jan 03, 2018

You're right.  Thanks for letting us know.  All fixed.

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