Old Joe Clark

Today’s tune is


This tune is another one of those “standard” jam tunes. It is easy to learn and play, and lots of people know it if you call it. I found it mostly in the key of A, but our dulcimer group played it in the key of D, and some play it in G. I have notated it here in the key of A.

In researching this tune, I found this information at http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/indexes/songs/oldjoeclark/

“Old Joe Clark is an American fiddle tune that is well-known throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Many different verses and choruses have been sung to the tune. The song’s origins are unclear, as is the identity of Joe Clark himself, if the title did actually derive from a namesake. Various claims indicate that Joe Clark may have been a moonshiner in the Virginia hills, a veteran of the War of 1812, or a banjo player from Clay County, Kentucky.”

So, here is the guitar TAB and notation – Old Joe Clark – Gtr TAB

Since I really enjoy the banjo, I chose a YouTube video of Old Joe Clark being played in not one but two banjos!

The days are getting warmer here as winter is drawing to a close, and it’s the perfect time to get out your guitar for bit, and work on this old-time tune. You’ll be glad that you did!



Greencastle Hornpipe

The tune of the day is


I learned this tune on the mandolin from a fiddler friend, and it seems like just the tune for the guitar as well. I found it in two main keys – a Norman Blake version played in the key of D, and a “traditional” version played in G, so I included notation and TAB for both keys. The fingering for the D version is much easier on the guitar, so you could put your capo on the 5th fret in order to play it in G with someone else. BUT, the fingering for the key of G (without using your capo) is a bit more challenging because it’s played up the neck at the 7th and 8th frets in the B part, so you might feel like expanding your horizons and working up higher than usual. Whichever works best for you, at the skill level that you are, is what is best for you.:) The goal is to play the tune and have fun doing it!

Here is the guitar  TAB and notation –

Greencastle Horpipe (D) – Gtr TAB

Greencastle Hornpipe (G) – Gtr TAB

Here is the tune played in the key of D on the mandola. I chose this because the mandola has a nice sound and the playing is simple and well-done.

The temps outside are getting warmer here in the Midwest, so it just seems perfect to get out your guitar and work on this peppy little hornpipe. You’ll be so glad that you did.:)



Who’s In the Kitchen?

Today’s tune is


This old standby tune is in the key of D and, with lots of quarter notes, is very achievable for even the beginner. There are many, many versions of the tune, but mostly one basic melody to start out with. Hooray! The chord structure is mostly D with a G thrown in every now and then.

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Angeline the Baker

The video of Angeline the Baker that I found was done by The Wayfarers, and they play it with lots of energy and enthusiasm. And, as an aside, they pair it with Sal’s Got Mud Between Her Toes, which I absolutely love! That tune has been covered on this blog, and you can find the notation and TAB for Sal’s here – Sal’s Got Mud Between Her Toes – Gtr TAB.

You can’t miss by learning Angeline the Baker, so grab your guitar and give it a whirl! You’ll be glad that you did!


Arkansas Traveler

The tune of the day is


This is one of those old standards, but it’s on the more difficult side because of the B part. I tried to keep the melody very basic. Arkansas Traveler is flatpicked a lot, and there are many complex versions available, online or in books, after you have mastered the tune.

And yes, most of you will be singing the Baby Bumblebee song as you play the A part!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Arkansas Traveler – Gtr TAB

There were SO MANY videos on YouTube that it was hard for me to chose one. I finally chose this one due to the fact that it wasn’t played at lightning speed so that you can hear all of the notes in order to learn the tune. 🙂

As always, put down those electronic devices, the TV remote, or even that good book, and carve out a few minutes to work on your guitar. You’ll be glad that you did!


Look, There’s a Bird Party!

Today’s tune is


This fiddle tune is a rag-time sounding tune, but it is easier to play than a lot of other rags. In the key of G, it lays well on the guitar, and really just seems to be made for it. I am anxious to get to play it with other guitar flatpickers!

In my earlier years as a mom, in order to sometimes distract fussy children while we were driving, if I saw a flock of birds lined up on telephone wires or in trees, I would point and exclaim, “Look, there’s a bird party!”. Through the years, it is very common for us to still make that observation, even with adult children and teens. Really, there is just something so cheerful about the fact that birds flock together and hang out just like people do.

OK, here’s the guitar TAB and notation – Flock of Birds – Gtr TAB

I was unable to find any video or even an audio recording of this tune, but I will keep looking. If I do run across one, I’ll add it to this post. So check back!

Don’t forget to check out the Fiddle Tunes PDF…tab is at the top of this page. There, you will find a comprehensive list (all on one page!) of all of the tunes that have been featured on my blog posts, with the links for the notation in PDF format. Many of the tunes also have a link for a practice video, played a bit slower than normal to allow you learn and play along, either with the melody or the chords!

Take time to relax, get out your guitar, and enjoy the bird party!