Hello! My name is Joyce Bloyer, and I love to play fiddle tunes! I’ve been playing this type of music for about 7 years or so. I also enjoy writing new tunes – some are ok, others are not so ok, but….that’s OK! There is a local group that meets almost every week for Monday Night Jam, and they are lots of fun to play music with. Jamming with friends is much more expressive and rewarding than sitting at home playing the piano by myself!

Ah, music! Fiddle tunes – old time, Celtic, contradance, bluegrass….the list goes on. The guitar is my favorite instrument, and as I was learning, and still am, how to flatpick, there were times that I wished that there were resources available for free in the internet. As a new learner, I couldn’t even begin to play the “fancy” arrangements that I found. So, with that in mind, I wanted to create a site where there are simple, straightforward notation and TABs for fiddle tunes. I might branch out later and add some arrangements, but for now, I want to stick to the plain and simple versions of the tunes. The guitar can be used for more than just the chords. It’s fun and rewarding to be able to play the tunes, even if it’s just at home or in a jam.

Now, if you can read music, that is a bonus, and you can easily follow the notes if you know where they are on your guitar fretboard. If you don’t know where the notes are, or don’t read music, then TABs are the way to go!

For a good explanation of how to read and play TAB, click here.

So, get out your guitar, and sit a spell. Play a tune and get lost in the music. You’ll be glad that you did! All tunes here are either public domain, or I’ve received permission to use the copyrighted tunes. Please feel free to print them out for your own personal use only, please. Any other use of copyrighted tunes is a violation of copyright laws. Thanks for respecting the composers!

Over 200 traditional and original tunes in PDF format at http://www.tradandnewfolkmusic.com

http://www.pickthestrings.com  Practice videos at PickTheStrings YouTube channel!

9 thoughts on “About

  1. kip spence April 29, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    you seem to be playing the tune the reel de beatrice in Gm not Am


    • flatpickingirishgal April 29, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      I assume you must be referring to the video example on the post? If so, then, yes, it seems to be that way. 🙂 I just pulled the example off of YouTube (not me playing) in order for my readers to have an idea of how the tune might sound. Thanks for pointing out the key differences so as to avoid confusion if someone tried to play along with the video using pickthestring’s TAB and notation! I will work to find Reel de Beatrice in the key of Am.:)


  2. braelewis February 2, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Hello Joyce! I too love flatpicking fiddle tunes, and would like to contribute TAB and instructional material to your cause! I am part of a collab of online music teachers who do http://www.jamalong.org


    • flatpickingirishgal February 4, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Hello Brae,
      Glad that you enjoy flatpicking tunes as well, and I hope that maybe you have found some new tunes to try out here.:) I am in the midst of being a full-time college student and life is super busy right now. I appreciate your offer to contribute TAB and instructional material, but at the moment, I cannot give you an answer. We have spring break the week of March 20 – 26, so if you would like to send me a reminder at the first of that week, I would be glad to look at your website, and think about your offer. 🙂


      • braelewis April 30, 2017 / 12:18 pm

        wow, somehow this message never got to me, sorry! Can you plz email me at contact@jamalong.org?


  3. Karl D Knight December 6, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Hi Joyce , Great site . I have been tinkering around with the power tab editor. When you create a tab or open an existing one …. you can play along with the tab as it is playing. Power Tab is free to download from the internet. Also I created a tab of an old time rag song but no longer remember the name. I could send you the power tab file that I created. Perhaps you might know the name of it. Happy Picking … I have already downloaded many tabs from your site and learned them . thanks Karl Knight


    • flatpickingirishgal December 6, 2017 / 9:58 am

      Hello, Karl,
      I’m so glad that my site has been useful! Power Tab sounds like a great learning tool, and I will look into that.
      Feel free to email me your Power Tab file at flatpickingirishgal@gmail.com

      Best wishes,


  4. Alex Mayhew August 15, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    I’m so glad I found your website, I’ve been playing some of the tabs you have put here, bless you! I see you haven’t posted for a while – I hope all is well. I wondered if you knew the Balfa Brothers tune Indian on a Stump? I’d love to see it as a guitar tab… Anyway, thanks again for your generous posts and tabs! Best regards, Alex.


    • flatpickingirishgal August 15, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! All is well, just super busy.
      I don’t think that I’m familiar with the tune you mentioned, so I will look into it.


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