Today’s tune is
FLOCK OF BIRDS
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!
The tune of the day is
I was quite astounded when I began research this tune. It seems like there are several tunes that are very closely related with only slight variations in the melody. Some of the most common tune names that I found were New Five Cents, Buffalo Nickel, and Robinson County. Each version has something unique that actually makes it its own tune. It seems that the melody may date back to as early as 1913. The chord progression is simple, and the tune is peppy. It’s a keeper!
Here is the guitar TAB and notation – Ruffled Drawers – Gtr TAB
Here is a nice version that is very close to what I’ve notated here. Ruffled Drawers begins at about 4:55.
As always, your guitar is calling, and I think you’ll have fun with this easy tune. Go ahead, give in, turn off your computer or TV, and play! You’ll be glad that you did.:)
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!