Saddle Up!

The tune of the day is


This is a great old-time tune! The notation here is from the playing of the Ill Mo Boys. (see video below). It’s in the key of A and it just has such a jaunty, cheerful feel and sound to it.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and  notation – Saddle Old Kate – Gtr TAB

The video of Ill Mo Boys playing is just an audio, but it’s a great listen!

Even though it’s a busy time of year, get out your guitar and sit a spell!


Clippity Clop, Clippity Clop

Today’s tune is


This is a great tune in the key of A that switches to the key of D in the B part, sort of. The key signature stays the same at 3 #’s, but the chords are in the key of D, and there are no G#’s in the melody line. The tune resolves on the A chord, though, to swing back around to the beginning. I love it! At the Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, Kansas, this year, Old Horse and Buggy is one of the tunes that our camp, Shoe Goo Camp, will be playing. For more Shoe Goo tunes to practice, click here.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Old Horse and Buggy – Gtr TAB

I found this great video of a trio playing it very close to the way it’s notated here.

With the school year in full swing, I haven’t had as much time to work on music, and you may be in the same boat. Just the same, take those few spare minutes that you can squeeze out – maybe skip your favorite TV program, and play your guitar instead. You’ll be glad that you did!


Day of Reckoning

Today’s tune is


Day of Reckoning was written on the mandolin but it lays well on the guitar. This tune came about one day when I was just fooling around on the mandolin and had written the first line the of tune, when my son came in. He sat down and started tapping out the beat, and it seemed to be a catalyst as the rest of the tune came out. It was a special time for me, since my children do not usually enjoy my music. LOL

Here is the guitar TAB – Day of Reckoning – Gtr TAB

One note on the chords. It’s in the key of Bm with that pesky F#m, so, I also added chords that use the capo. Simply put the capo on the 2nd fret, make sure it’s tightened down with no twangy strings, then you can accompany in the nice key of Am! 🙂

Since this is a new tune, there is no video done by anyone, but be sure to check out the practice video on the tab at the top of the page named Fiddle Tunes PDF…..

The sun is shining here, and the temps are nice, so it’s a great day to play music!