Saskatchewan in 1881

by Colter Wall • Lesson #318 • Mar 20, 2021

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Editor’s notes

Hey friends! here’s a new guitar lesson teaching you how to play Colter Wall’s 2018 song “Saskatchewan in 1881”. Instead of playing it fingerstyle like Colter does, I’m going to show you a strummed version (simply because I cannot pull off what Colter Wall is able to do with his fingers). While I am simplifying it in this regard, there’s plenty of room for fun – through alternating bass notes with your strumming, as well as walk-ups and walk-downs in each of the verse sections. I’ll teach all this and more!

Video timestamps:

  • 0:00 Preview & lesson summary
  • 2:01 Chord shapes needed
  • 5:27 Chord progressions
  • 7:13 Strumming patterns
  • 10:29 Walk-up & walk-downs, with tabs
  • 16:04 Full playthrough, with lyrics

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