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!


2 thoughts on “Look, There’s a Bird Party!

  1. Peter D. Mathewson February 20, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Flock Of Birds – This appears to be a “Missouri” fiddle tune, but then they are big in ragtime. I found it on YouTube in field recordings made by Gordon McCann and made available to YouTube by Missouri State. So far I have found recordings by Raymond Campbell and another by Art Galbraith and there is a transcription of Campbell in McCann’s book Ozark Fiddle Music. Search on McCann: 12 June 1976 to find the Campbell recording.


    • flatpickingirishgal February 20, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the information about the Missouri State recordings on YouTube. I found Flock of Birds on “McCann: Emanuel Wood’s Ozark Opry, June 12, 1976 – 5”. Your research is invaluable in aiding in the preserviation these old tunes!


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