Now we are really finished with Book 2. No need to bring it to class anymore.
Nice job on Shenandoah. This is a song you might find yourself playing a lot at home because is so lovely and so familiar. Just remember to make it pretty.
Also, practice Happy Birthday in F or G (or any other key) at home, by ear. Someday you will find yourself in a position where you want to play this for someone, and you will have not have the music.
Playing by ear (by heart) is a skill that is definitely worth having and is learned by practice, like everything else.
In preparation for Hornpipe, we worked on learning the F scale across the neck. Use the handouts to learn the pattern across the neck. Remember, there are only two finger patterns to learn for major scales. The one that starts on the C string (this is the one we are working on now) and the pattern that starts on the G string (we'll do that later).
For next week, practice the F scale up and across the neck, and The Ryans and the Pittmans (pg 11). This song is in 3/4 time, is rollicking, and is great to use to practice your chord changes, especially the Gm. Also practice the strumming and chord changing exercises on page 10. Scale handouts from class are posted on the Book 3 Resources page.
And always, pat yourself on the back for the things that you can do, enjoy the process of learning new things, and celebrate the small stuff.