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This is my all new 2020 version which I will now use with all my Bluegrass Fiddle students. This spiral-bound book is organized in a systematic, graduated method, starting with very simple tunes and working slowly into more advanced material. This book is one of the most detailed books for developing a solid understanding of the standard bowing patterns used by bluegrass fiddlers. Bow directions – ups and downs, slurs and slide are carefully notated throughout. Left-hand fingerings are also notated wherever needed.

Included are lots of solos for the vocal part of bluegrass fiddling, (referred to as “songs” in the bluegrass vernacular) often overlooked by teaching methodologies. Much of the emphasis is in learning how to re-interpret a vocal melody line to create a professional sounding fiddle solo. This is quite a bit different than playing a fiddle tune. Also, the keys of Bb, B, E and F, are very common for songs, in addition to the more common keys of G, D, A and C. There are a total of 115 songs and instrumental tunes in this 86 page book. Most of them are arranged by me for teaching purposes, and all of them are common in traditional bluegrass jam sessions. Also included are exercises, major scales, tag endings for fiddle tunes and licks that fit over the 4th line of songs. 

For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

Song List 

Cripple Creek (1) A

Boil Em Cabbage Down A

Soldier’s Joy (1) D

The Girl I Left Behind Me G

Old Joe Clark (1) A

Finger Slides

My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains G

Shenandoah Waltz D

Arkansas Traveler D

Double Stops

Long Journey Home G

Long Journey Home chops G

Red Wing G

Eighth of January D

Eight More Miles to Louisville G

Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky A

Air Mail Special on the Fly A

Air Mail Special on the Fly chops A

Cora Is Gone D

Columbus Stockade Blues G

4th Finger Exercises

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? A

C Scale C

Red Clay Halo C

Wildwood Flower C

Angeline the Baker A

Hot Corn, Cold Corn G

The Bluebirds are Singing For Me C

The Bluebirds are Singing For Me chops C

Red-Haired Boy D

It Takes One to Know One A

Bury Me Beneath the Willow G

Old Joe Clark (2) A

Lost Highway D

June Apple A

Before I Met You G

Worried Man Blues G

Squirrel Hunters D

Dig a Hole in the Meadow D

I’ll Fly Away G

St. Anne’s Reel D

Salty Dog G

Salty Dog chops G

Liberty D

Ground Hog G

Billy in the Lowground C

Dark Hollow C

Big Sciota G

Down the Road A

Sweetheart You’ve Done Me Wrong D

Whiskey Before Breakfast D

Walls of Time C

Highway of Regret G

Faded Love D

Blue Night C

Clinch Mountain Backstep A

Stoney Point G

I’m Going Down That Road Feeling Bad A

Bill Cheatum A

A Little at a Time G

Blackberry Blossom G

Aint Gonna Work Tomorrow C

Paddy on the Turnpike G

Gotta Travel On A

E scale E

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke E

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke chops E

In the Pines E

East Virginia Blues E

F scale F

Sad and Lonesome Day F

I’m Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling F

I’ll Drink No More Wine F

I’ll Drink No More Wine chops F

Bb scale

Blue Ridge Cabin Home Bb

Blue Ridge Cabin Home chops Bb

Old Home Place Bb

Daley’s Reel Bb

B Scale

I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome B

Hit Parade of Love B

Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms B

Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms chops B

Salt Creek A

If I Should Wander Back Tonight G

If I Should Wander Back Tonight – Fill licka G

Turkey in the Straw G

No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine F

No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine Fill licks F

The Methodist Preacher G

I’ll Stay Around B

I’ll Stay Around – Fill licks B

Florida Blues D

Does it Have to End This Way? A

Each Season Changes You E

Fireball Mail G

Ocean of Diamonds F

Lonesome Wind Blues B

Wheel Hoss G

Sittin’ on Top of the World C

Big Sandy River A

Forty Years of Trouble A

Kentucky Mandolin Gm

Love Gone Cold Bb

Molly and Tenbrooks Bb

Cherokee Shuffle A

Soldier’s Joy (2) D

Foggy Mountain Breakdown G

I’m Troubled E

Denver Belle C

Man of Constant Sorrow F

Close By A

Gold Rush A

Cripple Creek (2) A

White Freightliner Blues E

Katy Hill G

Big Mon A

Big Mon: A part varitaion A

Big Mon: Double Tag Ending A

Red Prairie Dawn A

Will You Be Loving Another Man G

Chinquapin Hunting D

I’ll Never Shed Another Tear B

When You Go Walking After Midnight B

Hold Whatcha Got F

Rebecca B

Brown County Breakdown E

Beaumont Rag D

Old Dangerfield A

East Tennessee Blues C

Lonesome Fiddle Blues Dm

Jerusalem Ridge Am

Key of G End Licks G

Key of A End Licks A

Key of Bb End Licks Bb

Key of B End Licks B

Key of C End Licks C

Key of D End Licks D

Key of E End Licks E

Key of F End Licks F