A New Polka!

Today’s tune is

STARDISCHE  POLKA

I was going through some of my music yesterday, and ran across this tune that I wrote 4 years ago, when I first started composing some of my own little tunes. Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance in Wichita, Kansas is where I got my start in folk music, and I’m so very grateful for them! Stardische Polka was written on the mountain dulcimer for music friends, Pat and Lonnie. They had suggested that someone should write a tune to go with Finnish Polka, so I did. 🙂   It’s in the key of D, since most mountain dulcimers are diatonic and are usually tuned to play in the key of D with an open drone string.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Stardische Polka – Gtr TAB

There is a practice video in the menu above – Fiddle Tunes PDF…..it’s played a moderate tempo.

It’s always nice to have a simple tune to work on, so grab your guitar and try it out!

Blessings

Jenny Ran Away in the Mud in the Night

Today’s tune is

JENNY  RAN  AWAY  IN  THE  MUD  IN  THE  NIGHT

What a strange title, eh? From my research, it appears that it might have once been a tune with lyrics, and “Jenny ran away in the middle of the night” were the original words. It may have been misheard as mud instead of middle, and there you go! The folk process in full swing. 🙂

I found the notation for this tune in the key of A, but also read that it is played in the key of F, as well as G. So, I took my pick, and chose G. It is also a modal tune in the B part, so the F# is played as a natural. I put a couple of extra chords in there to give it a nifty feel, so those two F chords in the B part were not part of the original chord progression that I found. I hope that you like it. Oh, it is also one of those tunes where the A and B parts are sometimes switched around. So if you have the opportunity to play with someone else, listen first to see which part they begin with.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Jenny Ran Away in the Mud in the Night – Gtr TAB

Here is a video of a super duper old-time fiddler from Kansas.:) Tricia Spencer, from Lawence, Ks, plays Jenny Ran Away in the Mud….in the key of A. If you wish to learn it in that key, and would like the TAB, just email me at flatpickingirishgal@gmail.com and I’ll send it to you.

This tune is not as well known as some, but I enjoy learning and preserving these “rare” tunes. Grab your guitar and try it out!

Blessings

Temperance Reel

Zee tune of the day is

TEMPERANCE  REEL

This sweet Irish reel in the key of G is fun to play, regardless of the instrument! It goes by several different title, including but not limited to Teetotaller’s Reel and The Road to Newbridge.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Temperance Reel – Gtr TAB

There are lots of great videos on YouTube that feature Temperance Reel, but I chose one done by Gerry O’Connor on his tenor banjo.:) It is the final tune in his set.

As always, your guitar is calling your name. Get it out and try this tune!

Blessings

Morning or Evening?

Today’s tune is

BONNIE  AT  MORN

This is a beautifully haunting waltz in the key of Am. When researching the tune, I discovered that it actually a lullaby. On The Mudcat Café, one member stated this:
 “Jean Redpath recorded it on ‘Lowlands’ (1980)(lyrics). Info by A. L. Lloyd:
[1965:] Northumbria is the only part of England with its own regional music-dialect, its own stock of melodies that are distinct in style from tunes anywhere else in the country. And of this style, Bonny at Morn is one of the masterpieces. Its peculiarity no doubt derives from the character of the local northeastern bagpipe, and the tune was surely an instrumental one before words became attached to it. A great, if neglected, pioneer folk song collector, John Bell, noted the song at the outset of the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t printed until 1882, in The Northumbrian Minstrelsy. The poem takes a curious twofold form; in part it’s a lullaby addressed to a baby, and in part it’s reproach to a lazy son who is ‘ower lang’ in his bed and won’t get up. (A.L. Lloyd, notes ‘New Voices’) “

Here are the lyrics, although, like most folk music, there may be variation to these. It is also simply beautiful as an instrumental.:)

The sheep’s in the meadow and the kye is in the corn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn
The sheep’s in the meadow and the kye is in the corn

Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

We’re a’ laid idle wi’ the keepin’ o’ the bairn
The lad will not work and the lass will not learn
We’re a’ laid idle wi’ the keepin’ o’ the bairn
The lad will not work and the lass will not learn

Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

The birdie’s in the nest and the trout is in the burn
Thou hinders thy mother at every turn
The birdie’s in the nest and the trout is in the burn
Thou hinders thy mother at every turn

Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn
Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

So, here is the PDF with guitar TAB and notation! Bonnie at Morn – Gtr TAB
On YouTube, it seemed to be a common flute tune, but I found a group playing this as an instrumental whose instruments include violin, flute, and cello playing melody. 🙂
Most Am tunes lay really well on the guitar, so just get it out and play this slow, simply melody. You’ll be glad that you did!
Don’t forget to check out the menu tab at the top of this page. Click on the Fiddle Tunes PDF….tab to find the collection of all of the tunes that I post on my blog. Practice videos are also available for some of the tunes. Keep checking back, as I add videos when I have time. 🙂
Blessings

Yellow Gals

The tune for the day is

YELLOW GALS

This old time tune modal (key of D but uses A chords) came to my attention from the playing of James Bryan. He is just one super old-time fiddler, and I think if you like OT music, you’d enjoy listening to his fiddle! As a side note, he was a fiddle player with Norman Blake, one of the best flatpickers I have ever heard. Check out their video from when they were both young ‘uns….

Back to the tune….:) Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Yellow Gals – Gtr TAB

Here is the video of James Bryan playing Yellow Gals. From what I understand, the guitarist is his daughter, and the other fiddle player is his son-in-law! 🙂

The other tune they play is Liquor Seller, and I’ll try to get that up soon!

As always, get out your guitar and try Yellow Gals!

Blessings

Baerendans

Today’s tune is

BAERENDANS

This tune is sort of a polka, and is simple and fun to play! It’s in Am, so, for course, I love it. LOL From my research, it appears that it’s commonly accepted to have Flemish origins, but I found this interesting discussion concerning a tune called Bear Dance, which is so very, very similar to Baerendans that I suspect they are the same tune. https://thesession.org/tunes/4195   I’ll leave that for you to decide.:)

Here is the free guitar TAB and notation for it – Baerendans – Gtr TAB

Check out the “Fiddle Tunes in PDF…” page for a link to a practice video with the tune played through several times. 🙂

There wasn’t much in the way of videos for this particular tune, but here’s a sample.

And another…

And, on this bright summer day in the Midwest, get out your guitar and play. You’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings

Ye Olde Tree

Today’s tune is

HOLLOW POPLAR

This is one of those old-time tunes that has at least two very distinct and different ways of playing it! The title, Hollow Poplar, may refer to some poplar tree that was hollow. I like to think that perhaps the composer, who is unknown, might have been sitting outside on the grass with a fiddle or mandolin in hand, tinkering around on it, while this tune fell out of it (the instrument, not the tree). That’s rather fanciful, but one never knows…..

Speaking of hollow poplars, poplars really can be hollow! Here is a YouTube video that shows how huge the opening can be.

Free guitar TAB and notation is here – Hollow Poplar – Gtr TAB

The Lazy Goat String Band play their version of Hollow Poplar, which is quite close to the one that I have chosen to post here. I do wonder, however, if their goat ever got lost and hid in the hollow poplar….:)

As always, grab your guitar and try it out! There is also a practice video up in the Fiddle Tunes PDF page, played at a moderate tempo while you learn.

Blessings