Whenever i hear a nice tune and know the name, the chance is very good that it is in this book. The emphasis is on instrumental folk music specifically, contra dance tunes, although some links also include other types of folk music or classical music. These are tunes passed aurally from player to player over hundreds of years. Belfast bay fiddlers is a loosely organized group of amateur musicians devoted to playing and sharing traditional fiddle music in belfast, maine. This book has helped my sight reading abilities tremendously. Dec 15, 2014 the maine fiddle camp website has a tunes section with sheet music and mp3s of many popular fiddle tunes. Sheet music is readily availble on the web and in published books. Luckily many of the tunes are fairly simply with a part a and part b and thats it. You will find it helpful in any playing situation from a square dance to an informal gathering of friends. It consists of simple melody lines in standard notation usually with guitar chords. Daves third tuesday night beginners bluegrass jam page great beginner and intermediate songs and a novel way to represent chords with measured played.
I guess a fake book of fiddle tunes is what i want. At one time the bay area fiddlers had a really long list of fiddle tunes. Traditional irish and american fiddle tunes arranged for viola bob phillips and andrew h. Sourced and tweaked over many years, my arrangements are of course inspired by other guitar players arrangements, as well as from violin and mandolin books, many recordings, and the wonderful players i have been so fortunate to play with over the years.
The fiddlers fakebook was compiled by david brody and published in 1983. Transcriptions and audio files of over 550 traditional fiddle tunes from old recordings, festivals, jams and workshops, notated by john lamancusa click on the tune name for the sheet music pdf file, the piano keys to hear a synthesized midi file, or for a recording. This book had all the important things notes, lyrics and chords, but it was a fake book and made for jam sessions and not for single play along. This site augments paper fakebooks by letting you hear an unfamiliar tune and play along. Best american fiddle books and resources for teaching. Also available are mp3 albums of me playing the tunes on mandolin links below, as well as the three previous tunebooks in the series. The intention was to put together a collection of the most commonly played fiddle tunes in the us, taken from a wide range of contemporary and rereleased recordings. Bill cheatham is another popular oldtime fiddle tune. I thought i saw posted on here a link to a fake book style collection of fiddle tunes but i cant seem to find the thread. Then, the wednesday morning group in dunedin with the guitar players also using it. Im always on the search for a comprehensive fiddle tune book. Brody provides a good background on fiddling and fiddle tunes in this wonderful selection of music. The fiddlers fakebook by david brody, published by oak publications, has been a mainstay of fiddle groups in pinellas county.
Ive have loads of them but ive yet to see one that fits this description. It sort of reminds me of a musical legend, the late john hartford whose recordings i so much enjoy. Other jam tune resources jam tune book from texas aaams in. The tunes are arranged alphabetically, so it is always easy to find what you want. Dabczynski, basic fiddlers philharmonic oldtime fiddle tunes viola brian wicklund and faith farr, the american fiddle method, volume 1 viola book cd set. But, the boys of blue hill was played with an uneven tempo, and it seemed to be in 44 time.
Has tunes that range from easy to really fricking difficult and also lists recordings for each tune. However, its in oneils music of ireland with a 24 time sig. Best american fiddle books and resources for teaching, learning and exploring. As a fake book it might be useful to a jobbing fiddler in a nashville studio, who just needs to get something down on tape in the next ten minutes, but if you start learning tunes from this book you probably wouldnt be able to join in on them in a session. The fiddlers fakebook the ultimate sourcebook for the. The way of the fiddle one fiddlers collection of oldtime tunes. Jul 29, 2017 below are nearly fifty of my favorite fiddle tunes to flatpick. Old time tunes are grouped by key rather than alphabetically. Playing and arranging reels, jigs and airs for fingerstyle guitar. With lead melody, chord names, instructional text and performance notes. I felt this was confirmed when i later found it in the fiddlers fake book in 44 time. Sep 16, 2016 ive always loved this tune, since i first came across it in my fiddlers fake book years ago. It was my idea then, with my students in mind, to compile a book of the most often played, most important and most interesting fiddle tunes from the various celtic. Tune collections on the internet these are free collections of tunes in graphic format gif, jpg, pdf, png, or tif andor in abc notation.
Homepage a traditional music library of folk music. Both lead and rhythm players are welcome from fiddles, mandolins, recorders and whistles to guitars, banjos, accordion and percussion. A random assortment of resources for sheet music, tablature, lyrics and recordings of mostly american traditional music. Dabczynski, basic fiddlers philharmonic oldtime fiddle tunes viola brian wicklund and faith farr, the american fiddle method, volume 1 viola bookcd set. Mar 07, 2019 looking at the fiddlers fakebook the fiddlers fakebook by david brody, published by oak publications, has been a mainstay of fiddle groups in pinellas county. Published by the capitol area bluegrass and oldtime music association located in the greater washington d. Oldtime fiddle tunes for guitar hal leonard online.
With help from a lot of great teachers listed at the end of this article ive compiled a list of some of the best resources to. The material includes irish jigs, reels and hornpipes, scottish tunes and airs, and tunes from the united states and canada. Also a comments section with interesting information about the tunes and fiddlers. The book appeals to fiddlers, and it also provides violinists interested in oldtime. It also includes an exhaustive discography as well as a standard song index along with an index of alternate titles that some of the songs may be recognized as.
Irish folktunes these treble clef tunes are suitable for fiddle, flute, trumpet, clarinet, or any other treble solo instrument. This is a collection of oldtime fiddle tunes most of them from appalachia in pdf format. A collection of you tube videos which is based on the tunes in fiddlers fakebook. The fiddlers fakebook, by david brody, is a collection of fiddle tunes in lead sheet form naturally without lyrics. Belfast bay fiddlers community fiddling on the midcoast.
This pdf has about 100 standard bluegrass tunes with lyrics and nashville charts. Lots of different tunes from different styles of fiddling, plus explanations of common types of ornamentation in fiddle tunes. The milliner koken collection of american fiddle tunes. The emphasis is on instrumental folk music specifically, contra dance tunes, although some links also include other. The fiddle club, by dean marshall and john crozman by the creators of barrage, fiddle tunes for the beginning and intermediate student. This is an essential resource and reference book for anyone interested in old time american fiddle tunes. This book is a collection of transcriptions in notation and tablature taken from. Old time fiddle tunes penn state mechanical engineering. Looking at the fiddlers fakebook the fiddlers fakebook by david brody, published by oak publications, has been a mainstay of fiddle groups in pinellas county.
I shall share these delights with the fellow members of our fiddle and accordion club who may not otherwise alight upon them. If youd like to find a specific tune, just click on edit, then find in you web browser. The enormous wealth of material in the fiddlers fakebook makes it more than a reference book to be left on the shelf. Oversize format, easy to read, cloth hard bound in sewn signatures, lies flat, libraryheirloom quality. Mar 07, 2019 the fiddlers fakebook by david brody, published by oak publications, has been a mainstay of fiddle groups in pinellas county. For the music i use sibelius, which is horrendously expensive, but it does a lot of things i need to do well. With piano and guitar accompaniments available as well as a cd. I have the fiddlers fakebook, isbn 0825602386, and would like some recommendations as to which tunes are fun and worth bothering with. There are about 500 songs, many otherwise hard to find. When you love tunes you want to explore them in all ways possible and that of. I guess miles krassens version of oneills music of ireland comes closest with about a thousand. Homepage a traditional music library of folk music, tune. Many have been learned by ear or handouts from various sessions.
Below are nearly fifty of my favorite fiddle tunes to flatpick. This book presents 50 traditional fiddle tunes in a variety of styles. Here is a collection of approximately 700 favorite traditional irish, scottish, and american fiddle tunes, harp pieces and bagpipe marches in standard notation, usually with guitar chords and sometimes with tab. American old time fiddle music practice midi key of d. Its a pretty popular place for tune lovers and we invite you to join the party via our free online audio library at. Listing of the standard bluegrass songs all pickers know. Monroe instrumentals book mel bay publications, inc.
Dabczynski, basic fiddlers philharmonic celtic fiddle tunes viola bob phillips and andrew h. Maybe im being picky but brodys fiddlers fakebook does not meet the above requirements. Introductory notes to regional styles, bowing and ornamentation, with recorded sources noted for each tune and chord symbols for accompaniment. Many of the tunes include the melody in standard notation, followed by a variation which includes common ways of playing the tune.
I believe there are lots of cheap and free programs for music engraving, but im afraid im not up on any of them a topic for another thread, perhaps. Nearly 500 fiddle tunes, from traditional irish stuff to bluegrass, old time, new english, cape breton and whatever. An index of some of the tunes in this popular fiddle collection, originally published in the us in the 1880s, and republished in 1940 as coles fiddle tunes. I just about wore that album out trying to learn almost every tune on it. I went through the list comparing it to the fiddlers fakebook and found. It sort of reminds me of a musical legend, the late john hartford whose recordings i. If you have the book you should be able to play along with all of them. We created the pegram jam chord chart book to help rhythm and bass accompanists remember appropriate chord changes to the tunes we play at. I find both the physical format of the book and the transcriptions themselves a big pita its too long and floppy to be convenient, esp on a music stand, and the transcriptions are confusing so between these two. I am a tune book addict, surrounded by everproliferating heaps of them. First the bay area fiddlers association relied on it, back up players as well as fiddlers. Here is a collection of approximately 700 favorite traditional irish, scottish, and american fiddle tunes, harp pieces and bagpipe. Mel bay as bill monroe is commonly lauded as the father of bluegrass music, his tunes are standard repertoire and should be studied and memorized by any serious student of bluegrass.
Ive always loved this tune, since i first came across it in my fiddlers fake book years ago. At the listed web sites you can find fake books and sheets to thousands of songs for guitar and for keyboard. The fiddle, which was the most favored instru ment for this class of tunes, was brought to. Celtic tunes are listed alphabetically by category i. Many of these are core repertoire tunes played at irish sessions, contra dances and bluegrass and oldtime jams. Since i became interested in traditional music i have loved collections of tunes, and stories behind them. Jcs abc tune finder searchable index of tunes in text, abc, postscript, pdf, gif, png, and midi formats pdf is easiest to read.228 1340 156 833 73 232 55 597 215 48 545 1289 490 894 608 907 1416 164 46 489 1489 245 685 849 1091 904 1319 707 661 1017 378 185