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Watch the Aura Lee online guitar lesson by Roberto Dalla Vecchia from Solo Flatpicking Handbook

This is an old ballad that goes back to the American Civil War era. I’m sure you all know “Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley, a big hit with the same melody back in 1956. “Love Me Tender” is an updated version of “Aura Lee”: same melody, new words.

My arrangement is in the key of C, using a lot of the ideas in the first part of the course: rest strokes, melody notes on the offbeat, bass notes on the offbeat, and a swing feel. Always be aware of where the melody lies and sustain those notes.