Kiowa Special

Today’s tune is


This is a bluegrass type tune in the key of D in the A part, and the key of its relative minor, Bm, in the B part. I could not find any real background as to the history of the tune. The word “Kiowa” usually refers to the Kiowa Indians, but I have no idea if the tune title has anything to do with the Kiowa Indians. Perhaps I’ll run across more information later.:) The tune is fun to play, so that’s what matters!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Kiowa Special -Gtr TAB

There were very, very few videos out there that feature Kiowa Special, but here is one of them by the Aaron O’Rourke Trio.

Also, on my Fiddle Tunes in PDF page, you will find a link for a practice video for Kiowa Special! Just check out the banner at the top of this page.:)

So……….your guitar is calling you – go grab it and try this tune!


Pretty Little Cat

The awesome tune of the day is


This old-time tune in Am is extremely fun to play! Our local jam group really enjoys the syncopation and it just falls into a groove.:) As usual, there are several versions of the tune, but this is the one that we play.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Pretty Little Cat – Gtr TAB

There is actually a video of our group playing Pretty Little Cat. This was filmed at our Memorial Day camp out in May, 2014 underneath the grandstands.

Also, I found another video of Pretty Little Cat like we play it, and just had to include it!

And just for good measure…LOL

So……your guitar is calling!

Oh yeah, there is a practice video on my Fiddle Tunes PDF…page. Just click the banner across the top here, and you’ll find the link. All of the tunes that I post on my blog are posted on this page, as well as practice videos for some of the tunes. Check it out!


Whistling Rufus

The tune for today is


This wonderful piece of music was written by Kerry Mills in 1899! It has been adapted over the years into some great versions for bluegrass bands and flatpick guitar. However, I was curious to find out what the original version was like, so I did some research, and found the original piano score! The notation here is taken from that score, and I tried to keep as much as possible, within the limitations of the guitar compared to the piano, to the composer’s version. 🙂 However, Doc Watson does a really great rendition of Whistling Rufus as well and it is worth taking the time to listen to! I will post the link down below. I think the original score was intended to be played at the pace of a march or a cakewalk.

But here is the notation with guitar TAB – Whistling Rufus – Gtr TAB

Ok, there are three videos that I want to show you. The first is the original piano version:

Now, here is a bluegrass band’s interpretation of Whistling Rufus, performed by Homespun Rowdy.

Finally, Doc Watson’s famous flatpick guitar version in this medley!

So, there you have it! Your guitar is begging to be played, so get it out.:) You’ll be glad that you did!


Flying Indian

The tune for the day is:


A fiddling friend introduced this tune to me, and I fell absolutely in love with it. There is just something about how it lays on the mandolin that makes it downright fun to play! Now, it works well on the guitar as well, so it’ll be great fun for you to learn it, too.:) It is an old-time tune from southern Virginia, as far as my research discovered.

Here is the PDF with guitar TAB and notation – Flying Indian – Gtr TAB

There were few videos that I found of this tune, but here is a fiddle player who is playing a slightly embellished version.

As always, there’s no time like the present to grab your guitar and give it a go!


Upstairs in a …. Tent??

The tune for the day is


This is such an interesting name for a tune. It reminds me of my boys putting up a tent in their room…..upstairs, of course! This Irish tune also has a couple of other names – Tie the Bonnet, and Jenny Tie the Bonnet. So, it’s a 3-fer-1 deal. 🙂

Here is the PDF guitar TAB and notation – Upstairs in a Tent – Gtr TAB

This video was filmed from a session held in Brosna, Co. Kerry, Ireland, at the Con Curtin Festival, June 2014. Upstairs in a Tent is the second tune in the set.

This tune is a bit more challenging on the guitar, in the B part, but today is the day to rise to that challenge! 🙂 You’ll be glad that you did!


Cherry River Line

Today’s tune is


A banjo player in our jam group brought this tune in. It is a G modal tune, so in the key of G but with no F#.  I think it is one of those tunes that a musician can sort of zone out on. 🙂

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Cherry River Line – Gtr TAB

Here’s a video of Cherry River Line. 🙂 Love that banjo!

As always, grab your guitar and try it out!


Tuttle’s Reel

The tune for today is


The Fiddler’s Companion says in regards to the title, “The “Tuttle’s Reel” title comes from Clare fiddler Bobby Casey, who had the tune from his friend, fiddler John Joe Tuttle, however, Tuttle himself said he had it from the Paddy Sweeney recording.”

Tuttle’s Reel is also commonly known as Custom’s Gap, and several other names. This Dm tune (with no Bb though) has a drive all its own. The version that I’ve notated is sort of blending of a couple of different ways to play the tune. And, Dm normally lays pretty well on the guitar.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Tuttle’s Reel – Gtr TAB

This YouTube video is quite a lively interpretation, and is very similar to how we play it our local jam.

If there’s still time left in your day, grab your guitar and try out this new tune.:)


Oh yeah, US won the World Cup in Women’s Soccer!!

The 4th of July!

I love it! I finally get to add one of my favorite old-time tunes on just the right day!


I can’t quite remember where I found this tune, but I think it was on one of my prowls for more old-time music. LOL

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July – Gtr TAB

The absolute BEST video that I found for this, and actually what inspired me to learn Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July, was this one from a wedding. This is what weddings are all about – doing what you love with whom you love. 🙂 And, talk about audience participation!

I know that you can’t wait to get out your guitar, so even if fireworks are on your agenda today, take a few minutes and enjoy this tune! Oh, I am also uploading a practice video for this tune, which includes – ta da! – a section with back up rhythm so that you can play along with actual chords. Hope that you enjoy that.:) (check the menu tabs above and click Fiddle Tunes PDF…to find the video link)

I’m off to watch the World Cup soccer play off for 3rd and 4th place.:)


Devil in the Hay Stack

Today’s tune is


Such an odd name, and I have not found out if there is a reason for this title or not. I did find, however, lots of information about why the devil seems to be associated with fiddle/violin music. Here is a link, for those interested, that gives a fairly concise version of the different sites that I read.

Personally, I believe that music is a gift from God, and so I can enjoy playing it to the fullest! 🙂

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Devil in the Hay Stack – Gtr TAB

Of course, like most of the tunes, in trying to find a video, there are many variations on the tune that I’ve notated, so here is a video that is very close to this version. It seems as if this is specified as the Illinois tune, or version. There is also a link to a practice video up at the top menu “Fiddle Tunes….”. 🙂

As usual, there is no time like the present to grab your guitar and try this one out! You’ll be glad that you did! 🙂