Jack Tuttle’s Bluegrass Fiddle Collection

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This is my most popular and most ambitious book. As a response to many requests through the years, I put this book together with a focus on the fiddling style used for bluegrass singing pieces, banjo and mandolin tunes, and a few of the fiddle tunes that are commonly played, but hard to find. There are 113 songs in this spiral-bound book, (see index below) but many of them have an easier and harder version, so all told, there are 150 solos. I have spent twenty years transcribing solos from the greatest players of the past and present, and have spent the last 9 months adding many more that I hadn’t gotten to. Over half of the transcriptions are my own arrangements, often with an intermediate and an advanced version.

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This is my most popular and most ambitious book. As a response to many requests through the years, I put this book together with a focus on the fiddling style used for bluegrass singing pieces, banjo and mandolin tunes, and a few of the fiddle tunes that are commonly played, but hard to find. There are 113 songs in this spiral-bound book, (see index below) but many of them have an easier and harder version, so all told, there are 150 solos. I have spent twenty years transcribing solos from the greatest players of the past and present, and have spent the last 9 months adding many more that I hadn't gotten to. Over half of the transcriptions are my own arrangements, often with an intermediate and an advanced version.

Many of these pieces are challenging, but all the require details are notated. Bowing is notated logically and fastidiously, with the bowing direction marks at the beginning of each measure. Of course, many will choose to just bow it their own way, and that's fine, but those who need to better understand and develop the bowing patterns of top bluegrass fiddlers can carefully follow these bowings. Left hand fingering is also notated in any instance where there might be a question.

Also included are 8 pages - one for each bluegrass key, of end licks. Each page has 8 licks that can be used for the last line of most standard bluegrass songs. A typical bluegrass song can be broken down into four lines of melody and often a fiddler will leave the melody on the last line and play a lick in its place. These end licks are to be used for this purpose. Half of the licks will fit over a I - V - I chord progression and the other half fit over a V - V - I. Since this chord progression is so common for the last line, these licks will work for the vast majority of songs.

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

By far the majority of these tunes and songs are from mainstream bluegrass jam repertoire. Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers repertoire are well represented. Here is the song index from the book - many of my arrangements have mp3 links. More will be added. The transcribed solos from recordings have audio files from the recordings. Some of them have been re-tuned to standard pitch.

Here is a list of songs from my books. Click on the title (if hyperlinked) to hear part of the song. Click on the "chart" if hyperlinked for a PDF of the chart.

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Both: Physical Book + PDF, Downloadable PDF, Physical Book

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