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!


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!


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…..


Whiskey Before Breakfast

The tune of the day is


This is an old stand-by tune that almost every jam group plays, so if you know this one, you can play it anywhere! There are so many wild and crazy versions of Whiskey Before Breakfast, especially for the guitar, but for the purposes of this website, I chose the basic melody. You can learn this, and then embellish on it later to your heart’s content. 🙂 In the key of D, its lays well on the guitar, and is a very easy melody to remember. When I was first starting out on the guitar, the chords on this tune just were too many and went too fast, but when I made myself memorize the chord progression, then I was able to play it and enjoy it! So, just take time to learn the chords so that you don’t have to either follow someone else, or look it up in a book. You’ll be glad you did!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Whiskey Before Breakfast – Gtr TAB

AND…..here is our local jam group playing Whiskey Before Breakfast. 🙂

So, grab your guitar, and learn this wonderful tune!


Big Scioty

Today’s tune is


Now, this is one wonderful tune, but there are about a million different tune titles for it, so it seems, as well as variations in the melody and chords. I found a great discussion over at Banjo Hangout, so I won’t belabor the issues here. 🙂 http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/227010 I must say, thought, that the chord progression I’ve used is what endeared me to this tune!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Big Scioty – Gtr TAB In the B part, I’ve ventured up the neck to the 7th and 8th frets for the first 3 measures, because with my small hands, it’s much easier to scoot up there and play rather than try to jump from the 3rd fret to the 7th fret on the high E string. It also gives a little bit of practice for those who are a bit leery about playing up the neck.:)

As with many well-known fiddle tunes, there are lots of videos available on YouTube, so I chose one that seems to cover the melody in its basic form, which suits our purposes here very well!

It’s the weekend, so a perfect time to get out your guitar! You’ll be glad that you did.:) Don’t forget to check out the menu tab at the top of this site labeled Fiddle Tunes etc. where you will find an alphabetized PDF list that contains all of the tunes I’ve featured and tabbed – all in one spot!


Kiowa Special

Today’s tune is


This is a bluegrass type tune in the key of D in the A part, and the key of its relative minor, Bm, in the B part. I could not find any real background as to the history of the tune. The word “Kiowa” usually refers to the Kiowa Indians, but I have no idea if the tune title has anything to do with the Kiowa Indians. Perhaps I’ll run across more information later.:) The tune is fun to play, so that’s what matters!

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Kiowa Special -Gtr TAB

There were very, very few videos out there that feature Kiowa Special, but here is one of them by the Aaron O’Rourke Trio.

Also, on my Fiddle Tunes in PDF page, you will find a link for a practice video for Kiowa Special! Just check out the banner at the top of this page.:)

So……….your guitar is calling you – go grab it and try this tune!


Whistling Rufus

The tune for today is


This wonderful piece of music was written by Kerry Mills in 1899! It has been adapted over the years into some great versions for bluegrass bands and flatpick guitar. However, I was curious to find out what the original version was like, so I did some research, and found the original piano score! The notation here is taken from that score, and I tried to keep as much as possible, within the limitations of the guitar compared to the piano, to the composer’s version. 🙂 However, Doc Watson does a really great rendition of Whistling Rufus as well and it is worth taking the time to listen to! I will post the link down below. I think the original score was intended to be played at the pace of a march or a cakewalk.

But here is the notation with guitar TAB – Whistling Rufus – Gtr TAB

Ok, there are three videos that I want to show you. The first is the original piano version:

Now, here is a bluegrass band’s interpretation of Whistling Rufus, performed by Homespun Rowdy.

Finally, Doc Watson’s famous flatpick guitar version in this medley!

So, there you have it! Your guitar is begging to be played, so get it out.:) You’ll be glad that you did!


Drum Roll, Fifes, March!

Today’s tune makes me think of a parade in the early days of our country, where freedom was appreciated and celebrated. Can you picture small children waving flags, proud men carrying muskets on their shoulders, smiling women dabbing tears from their eyes? Can you picture those who fought for our freedoms, those who stayed on the home front to keep things going, those who bravely patched up the wounded and held the hands of the dying? Liberty for our country, and any country, comes at great cost and sacrifice.


Now, I realize that I should have probably waited until the 4th of July to post this one, but it was on my mind today, so here it it!:) However, now you have time to learn it beforehand, and then you can play it well and with gusto by the 4th. Ta Dah!

This version is very straightforward, which is how most play it. Flatpickers, of course, and super mandolin players, will embellish it quite a bit. It’s just such a happy tune it its simple form.:)

Here is the guitar TAB – Liberty – Gtr TAB

And, I found several YouTube videos with the tune, but I chose this one because it’s a small group sitting in a back room somewhere, and just seemed so cozy and informal, like a lot of our camp out jams are.

This lays so well on the guitar, that I don’t think it will take you long to learn it. So……grab your guitar and plectrum (a fancy name for your pick!), and be thankful for the liberty, the freedoms that we enjoy here in the United States.


Get Out Your Canoe!

Today’s tune is


It is a very common guitar tune, and if you learn this, it will be another one of those tunes that will serve you well in many a jam session! I researched the tune and found this information at Mandolin Café:

This is the entry from Fiddler’s Companion http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html:

“OVER THE WATERFALL. AKA and see “The Fellow/Feller That Looks Like Me,” “Punkin Head.” Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, Virginia. D Major. Standard tuning. AB (Silberberg): AABB (most versions). Originally from fiddler Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, it was learned from directly from Reed and popularized in modern times by folklorist and fiddler Alan Jabbour. Reed himself may have learned it from hearing it emanating from a steam-driven calliope. “Over the Waterfall” is a melody that is fairly wide-spead throughout the British Isles and North America, explains Jabbour, and was used both for a well-known British-American song sometimes called “Eggs and Marrowbones” (AKA “Old Woman from Wexford,” “Old Woman in Dover,” “Wily Auld Carle” etc.) and as an instrumental tune. Comparison with “The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue [2]” in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) reveals a striking similarity between the two, and it is possible “Over the Waterfall” was adapted from an Irish source. Others have suggested that it may originally have been a composed piece from the turn of the century that was spread by travelling‑circus and riverboat musicians.”

Over the Waterfall – Gtr TAB   Here is the PDF with guitar TAB and notation.

The video here was taken at Camp Bluegrass in Texas, and the guitar player on the right, Richard, is one of two guitarist who gave me my start in flatpicking! Thank you, Richard!

Check out the menu at the top of this page, Fiddle Tunes, where you will find a practice video done at a moderate tempo played several times through.

Here in the Midwest, it’s a sunny day after a few days of wet weather, so it’s perfect for getting out my guitar. Why don’t you do the same? Have fun riding over the waterfall – whee!

Another reminder of my new page where I have put all of the PDF’s and practice video links all in one spot. Check out the dark blue menu banner across the top on this page!