Not For Those Who Want Their Baby To Sleep

I have to say that this is also one of my top favorites!


In spite of the title, this is not a lullaby. 🙂 I first fell in love with this tune when I heard Erin Rogers play it on her mountain dulcimer. The old-time feel just grabs you and swirls you around in that zone that makes you want to hear/play it about a million times over!

The PDF Rock the Cradle Joe – Gtr TABis the basic tune, which I think is the most fun anyway.

I found a wonderful YouTube version that you might enjoy.

And….I couldn’t resist sending you here as well.

And….there is now a practice video available for you! Just go to the Fiddle Tunes tab at the top of this page, where you’ll find a link to my YouTube channel with a Rock The Cradle Joe practice video.:)

As always, try this out on your guitar TODAY! It’ll make your day brighter. 🙂


St. Anne’s Real, or isn’t she?

Just couldn’t resist the pun today!


This tune is one of those standard tunes that most everyone who plays fiddle music knows. It fits in just about any category, but we’ll put it in the Irish tunes group. I don’t know what it is about the tune, but it is a classic! If you search YouTube, you will find many versions of St. Anne’s Reel and some are amazing. Right now, St Anne’s Reel – Gtr TABis a simple version for learning the basic tune.:) There is are now two practice videos available! Just go to the Fiddle Tunes tab at the top of this page, where you’ll find a practice video for playing the tune totally in first position, and one that shows you how to play the B part up the neck. There is also TAB for both as well.:)

So, you know what I’m going to say – get out your guitar and work on this super tune!

You’ll be glad that you did.:)


Early or Late?


This Dm tune is so lovely, and sounds wonderful whether played as a fast reel or a slow air, or anywhere in between. YouTube had many versions, but this is the one I chose to demonstrate the tune.

The guitar TAB Sgt. Early’s Dream is very simple and quite fun to play. I like to put a little lilt to it, which I learned from a really cool guitar friend. The 4th measure in the B part is my favorite section to play!

Here is the PDF with notation, chords and guitar TAB.

Sergeant Early’s Dream – Gtr TAB

There is now a practice video for Sergeant Early’s Dream! Check out the menu tab at the top of this page that says “Fiddle Tunes – PDF….”. There you will find all of the tunes featured on my blog available on one page. There are also practice videos for some of the tunes.:)

So now is the time, whether early or late in the day, to pick up your guitar and learn a new tune. You’ll be glad that you did!


Just a Little Pig’s Foot

Since I’m creating guitar TAB for fiddle tunes, I thought that I’d begin with one of my favorite tunes,


HUH??? Poor little piggy-squeal , squeal, squeal….Naaaahhhh….it doesn’t mean that for real. From my research, the most common explanation for this title is that the chunks of wood sticking out of a campfire are called pig’s foot, so you shove them back in to keep the fire going. So now all of you animal lovers out there can play this tune without fear!

Here is a PDF of the tune, with regular notation, chords AND guitar tabs. It’s a pretty straightforward way to play it on the guitar.

Shove That Pig’s Foot – Gtr TAB (click this link

So pull out your guitar, or fiddle, or mandolin, or banjo, and enjoy the tune – it only takes a few minutes to learn! You can even play along with this video! And, you can go to the Fiddle Tunes tab at the top of this page, where you’ll find a practice video for Shove That Pig’s Foot a Little Further in the Fire.:)