- Sheet music and tab downloads are located below.
Most beginners will be able to learn this tune fairly easily since it doesn't contain difficult technical challenges. There are, however, some important notes that should be played with the fourth finger and some beginners will need to strengthen that finger so it can be in tune and have a nice tone quality.
There are also some slurs. On the scrolling tablature, watch the white curved lines on the left of the screen. Those tell you to connect the notes in one bow. You can choose to leave those out and play every note with a separate bow, but it will sound smoother with the slurs, so try to learn it that way.
Practice Exercise Suggestions
If you are new to doing slurs, play along with this exercise to get used to them: Slurred Scale
The following exercise will help improve your 4th finger strength and flexibility: Fourth Finger Exercise
Auld Lang Syne Information
Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish folk tune that was given the familiar lyrics we know today by poet Robert Burns. It is used often today in the English speaking world as a song of farewell, especially at New Years Eve. It is also sung at other times of endings and new beginnings such as graduations, scouting events, and funerals. The lyrics speak of remembering old times and old friends when departing.
In the arrangement, the simple melody is played four times with a different accompaniment each time to give it variety.