About a year ago I decided to arrange Scarborough Fair for the classical guitar. This is a great piece that I thought would work well for the guitar.
Whenever I make an arrangement I always begin by putting the melody into the software program, Finale. From there I improvise around the melody and chord structure to generate ideas. This is where it is helpful to know bar chords. If you can play any chord in 5 different positions on the neck than you should have no problem playing the melody and chords together. I believe this arrangement took about 45 minutes to make. The end result is:
Goran Pauk (GozheaIN) posted a wonderful version of it on youtube:
My wife mentioned that my version was too short, so I added a middle section to the arrangement. I just moved the melody down an octave, and then for the final section, repeated the first section. This is the version found on the album:
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