Ruffled Drawers

The tune of the day is


I was quite astounded when I began research this tune. It seems like there are several tunes that are very closely related with only slight variations in the melody. Some of the most common tune names that I found were New Five Cents, Buffalo Nickel, and Robinson County. Each version has something unique that actually makes it its own tune. It seems that the melody may date back to as early as 1913. The chord progression is simple, and the tune is peppy. It’s a keeper!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Ruffled Drawers – Gtr TAB

Here is a nice version that is very close to what I’ve notated here. Ruffled Drawers begins at about 4:55.

As always, your guitar is calling, and I think you’ll have fun with this easy tune. Go ahead, give in, turn off your computer or TV, and play! You’ll be glad that you did.:)


Dailey’s Reel

The tune of the day is


This fiddle tune is often spelled Daley’s Reel. It is normally played in the key of Bb, which is fine for the mandolin or fiddle, but the chords are not as fun for a guitar player, so I’ve transposed it to the key of G, and you can put your capo on the 3rd fret to put it into the key of Bb! Or….you can just enjoy it without the capo in the key of G. This tune has long been on my list to learn, and the other day, I decided that It Was Time to do it!

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

I chose this version from the YouTube offerings because it is done a bit slower than some and is very similar note-wise to the notated music here. There is an awesome Bryan Sutton flatpick guitar version as well.

As always, you know I’m going to say, “Get out your guitar and run through this a few times.” You’ll be glad that you did!


Green Fields

The tune of the day is


This Irish reel is in the key of G, even though the initial chord is C. The one sharp (F#) is what indicates the key. I have heard this played by a fiddler who played is slower than a reel and with a bit of a lilt, and it was beautiful! I think it sounds pretty on the guitar as well. One note – I found basically two different endings in my research, and since both were common, I just notated the alternate ending, which would be the final four measures when playing the B part the second time through before going back to the A part.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Green Fields of America – Gtr TAB

This particular fiddler plays Green Fields of America at a nice tempo, and I know it will make your learning go a bit easier.

Now is the time for all good men ~and women~ to get their guitars and pick! (I couldn’t resist – back in my school days, in typing class, we had to type “Now is the time for all good men to come to aid of their country” many, many, many times:))


Devil’s Dream

Today’s tune is


This is one of those standard flatpicking tunes, and it’s also very popular among fiddle players. Even though it’s in the key of A, it lays extremely well on the guitar, mostly because the G# that is in the key of A is never played.:) There are themes that repeat themselves quite a bit, so you really only have to learn about half a tune in order to learn this one! Hooray!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Devil’s Dream – Gtr TAB

I found this very interesting version of Devil’s Dream on YouTube, located in the city of Pune, India! How far around the world tunes can travel, eh? And, they play it almost identically as it is played here in the US. There is always something amazing when a tune goes so many places here in the states as well as overseas. I feel like I could walk in to some of these jams and we would all play well together. Oh Yeah! Maybe someday I’ll be able to do just that!

Welp, as always, grab your guitar and try this one out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed one single bit. Oh, and there is a practice video for this one if you look up at the top of this page under Fiddle Tunes…..


Joe and the Gypsy

Since it is a New Year, you get a special deal today! LOL The tunes go together, so I just wanted to present them in the same post.:)



These two tunes are quite interesting, chord structurally. Joe Banes is played first, and it begins in the key of G, then drops to the relative minor, Em, in the B part. When you proceed on to Gypsy Princess, it begins in Em, then switches to the key of G in the B part, so then it comes around full circle to the key of G. For this music geek, it’s kind of cool…

Anyway, this set is also played in the key of A as well, so if you run across someone who wants to play it in A, just use your trusty capo on the the 2nd fret, and voila, you can play your G chords which now sound like A! Isn’t a capo such a wonderful tool?

Here is the guitar TAB and notation:

Joe Banes – Gtr TAB

Gypsy Princess – Gtr TAB

The video I chose to help you learn these tunes was picked because I like how they play the tunes as a team, as well as the fact that they aren’t playing at lightning speed. 🙂

For those who are enjoying an extended Christmas break, NOW is the time to work on these tunes. You’ll be glad that you did!