Red Fox

I ran across this old time tune today and decided it needed to be added to our list of tunes! It has been played by Henry Reed as well as Alan Jabbour, but the origin is unknown.

The A part is in the key of D, but the B part slips into G, hence the C# becomes a C natural.

Here is the notation:

Red Fox – Gtr TAB

Here is a YouTube video where Alan Jabbour plays the tune. It begins at around 1:14.

If it’s been awhile, now is the time to grab your guitar and give it a whirl!

You’ll be glad that you did…


Sweet John Brown’s March

There is an old time tune dating back to the Civil War called John Brown’s March, which is fun to play. However, this version, named Sweet John Brown’s March, is quite lovely and can be played a bit slower than a march.

The guitar TABs are simple and straight forward for this G tune. Here are the TABS along with chords and notation. Sweet John Brown’s March Gtr TAB

Get out your guitar and give it a whirl! You’ll be glad that you did.


Seneca Square Dance

Today’s tune was requested by a visitor to the site, so thank you for the suggestion!

Seneca Square Dance is also known as Waiting for the Federals, among other titles. I found basically either a contradance version or an old-time version, so this version is somewhat in-between. The A part is straightforward and plays easily in the first position. The B part is a bit trickier, and in order to accommodate smaller hands, I moved sections up the neck, as well as utilized a floater string to get back down into first position. It’s a nice, easy-going tune, and will be worth the extra effort to learn it!

Here is the notation and TAB – Seneca Square Dance – Gtr TAB

There were so many great videos on YouTube that demonstrated Seneca Square Dance, but this is the one that I chose. Hope that you like it.

As always, take time to sit down with your guitar and enjoy the music – you’ll be glad that you did!


Two Jigs

Today, you get to learn not one, but two jigs! These both are very common jigs. Tripping Up The Stairs is in the key of D, and Swallowtail Jig is in the key of Em.

Tripping Up The Stairs – Gtr TAB

Swallowtail Jig – Gtr TAB

As always, have fun learning these new tunes!


Road to Lisdoonvarna

The tune of the day is The Road to Lisdoonvarna. It’s a happy little jig in the key of Em, which sort of sounds contradictory. Anyway, the tune is named after an actual town in County Clare, Ireland. Here is a link for a wee bit of information about it.

This is a pretty straightforward tune, so here is the notation and TAB – Road to Lisdoonvarna – Gtr TAB

Enjoy learning a new tune today!


Down Yonder

Zipping right along here with some new tune additions while I have the chance! When school begins again, my time will be pretty limited.

The tune of the day is Down Yonder. It is in the key of G, and I’ve also heard it played in the key of D.

This is one tune that I had difficulty finding the notated music. Many in our local jam group knew it, but I had no music. So….here it is for those of you who enjoy having the notes written down… yonder…:)

Down Yonder key of G – Gtr TAB

It seems that everyone has their own version of how to play this tune! But, I found an example that plays it pretty much the way I’ve notated it here. Yay!

So, sit on the front porch and learn this old time fiddle tune!


Hungry, anyone?

Today’s tune is a polka named Cheese. Like Britches Full of Stitches, it is fairly simple and easy to play. The notes all stay in the first position, and it’s in the key of D.

Here is the notation – Cheese – Gtr TAB

I cannot seem to find a good version of Cheese on YouTube, but when I do, I will certainly come back here and post it!

Enjoy the evening and play your guitar – you’ll always be glad that you did!


Britches Full of Stitches

This jaunty little polka is quite fun and easy to learn and play. Don’t let the key of A intimidate you, either. There is no G# used, so it’s really like playing in the key of D. After you learn this tune, better go see if you have any britches that need stitches.

Britches Full of Stitches – Gtr TAB

Here’s a very nice session version of Britches Full of Stitches.

As always, grab your guitar and sit a spell. You’ll be glad that you did!


Two New Tunes!

Wowee zowee! It’s been ages since I’ve had time to post any new tunes, so today, I thought I’d post two.

The first is Ships Are Sailing. It is an Em reel, and the A part is pretty straightforward. However, the B part, at least with my small hands, requires one to play it up the neck to make it reachable. So, if you haven’t played up the neck much, here is some good practice for you! Ships Are Sailing – Gtr TAB

The second tune is Irish Lamentation. It is a slow tune, a sad tune, and just the tune to play when you feel a little blue….there is this nice little F natural/F chord that certainly sounds melancholy. Be sure to notice that it has 2 pages instead of 1.

Irish Lamentation – Gtr TAB

It’s hot here in the Midwest, and a perfect Sunday afternoon for music!

So grab your guitar, a cool glass of something, and enjoy the day – you’ll be glad that you did!