ing of this project; and to my own students, who have sung many of the songs reproduced here, and have taught me much about them.
JOHN ANTHONY SCOTT
The songs included in this book are pitched in keys suitable for the ordinary voice and are easy for the average guitarist to play. For most of them, simple chord progressions have been given. But there are some songs to which any kind of conventional musical accompaniment is a hindrance rather than a help. In the case of laments, instrumentation may often be a barrier between the singer's utterance of sorrow and the listener. Work songs and "shouts," for example, often need either no accompaniment, or only an elementary rhythmic one, such as hand-clapping. A few songs included in this collection, mostly work songs and laments, have no accompaniment. Marked in the index with an asterisk (*), they are, hopefully, an introduction to the beauties of unaccompanied singing.