Scarborough Fair

Folk ballad
First published in 1891
Unknown originator

First verse:
"O, where are you going?" "To Scarborough fair,"
Savoury sage, rosemary, and thyme;
"Remember me to a lass who lives there,
For once she was a true love of mine."


Scarborough Fair guitar tab and notes (pdf)

tabs tabs & notes


Scarborough Fair instrumental guitar (mp3)

Scarborough Fair - guitar tab and notes

“Scarborough Fair” is a traditional English song with uncertain origins. Besides being a traditional song, it has become known in popular music through Simon & Garfunkel. The Simon & Garfunkel version deviates some considering the lyrics. Also, Bob Dylan's “Girl from the North Country” is partly based on the song.

The music transcriptions of the song with tabs and notes are available for download as PDFs. It's free for personal use only.

Scarborough Fair (full accompaniment)

"Scarborough Fair" for guitar with full accompaniment. Free download in pdf-file and audio.

Scarborough Fair guitar accompaniment

Scarborough Fair (only melody)

"Scarborough Fair" tablature notation for guitar.

Scarborough Fair tabs

Tips on how to learn this song

Notice that, although the key signature is F / Dm, the song is actually in the Dorian mode, which is the reason for the natural B.

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Scarborough Fair" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol


Scarborough Fair is played in the key of Dm (A Dorian).

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 3/4 tempo (counted one, two, three for each measure).

Tuning overview


The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

BPM symbol and numbers

Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 90 for the presented version.