My Love is in America

The tune of the day is


There are actually two pieces of music with this same title, but one is a fiddle tune and the other is a ballad type of song. My Love is in America is a common session tune that is interestingly modal, but not. It uses a C natural in the A part, and switches to a C# in places in the B part. Either way, it has a really cool sound, and it’s not hard to play at all.:)

Here is the guitar TAB and notation – My Love is in America – Gtr TAB

I found My Love in in America paired here with Cooley’s Reel. I think I like it!

Now you know what I’m going to say……instead of sitting longer at the computer, log off, get your guitar out, and work on this great tune. You’ll be so glad that you did!


Apples in June?

The tune of the day is


This is one of those A modal tunes, so the normal G# is played as a G natural. In my research, I discovered, much to my surprise, that there are two versions of June Apple. They are similar but distinct enough that I’m not sure they’d go well played simultaneously at a jam. So, one is what is probably labeled the Old-Time version, and the other one, featured here, is maybe a bluegrass version? This is the tune that we play locally. I must say, however, that I really enjoy the “new” OT version as well!

Hopefully that wasn’t too confusing….here is the tab and notation – June Apple – Gtr TAB

Oh, yes, since I didn’t know what June Apples were, I looked around and found some interesting information here –

The video demonstrating the tune features a fiddle and banjo, and although they have titled it as an old-time fiddle tune, they are playing the “bluegrass” version that I’ve posted here.

As always, get out your guitar and try it out!



Old Joe Clark

Today’s tune is


This tune is another one of those “standard” jam tunes. It is easy to learn and play, and lots of people know it if you call it. I found it mostly in the key of A, but our dulcimer group played it in the key of D, and some play it in G. I have notated it here in the key of A.

In researching this tune, I found this information at

“Old Joe Clark is an American fiddle tune that is well-known throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Many different verses and choruses have been sung to the tune. The song’s origins are unclear, as is the identity of Joe Clark himself, if the title did actually derive from a namesake. Various claims indicate that Joe Clark may have been a moonshiner in the Virginia hills, a veteran of the War of 1812, or a banjo player from Clay County, Kentucky.”

So, here is the guitar TAB and notation – Old Joe Clark – Gtr TAB

Since I really enjoy the banjo, I chose a YouTube video of Old Joe Clark being played in not one but two banjos!

The days are getting warmer here as winter is drawing to a close, and it’s the perfect time to get out your guitar for bit, and work on this old-time tune. You’ll be glad that you did!



Greencastle Hornpipe

The tune of the day is


I learned this tune on the mandolin from a fiddler friend, and it seems like just the tune for the guitar as well. I found it in two main keys – a Norman Blake version played in the key of D, and a “traditional” version played in G, so I included notation and TAB for both keys. The fingering for the D version is much easier on the guitar, so you could put your capo on the 5th fret in order to play it in G with someone else. BUT, the fingering for the key of G (without using your capo) is a bit more challenging because it’s played up the neck at the 7th and 8th frets in the B part, so you might feel like expanding your horizons and working up higher than usual. Whichever works best for you, at the skill level that you are, is what is best for you.:) The goal is to play the tune and have fun doing it!

Here is the guitar  TAB and notation –

Greencastle Horpipe (D) – Gtr TAB

Greencastle Hornpipe (G) – Gtr TAB

Here is the tune played in the key of D on the mandola. I chose this because the mandola has a nice sound and the playing is simple and well-done.

The temps outside are getting warmer here in the Midwest, so it just seems perfect to get out your guitar and work on this peppy little hornpipe. You’ll be so glad that you did.:)



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!


Ruffled Drawers

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.:)


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!


Joe and the Gypsy

Since it is a New Year, you get a special deal today! LOL The tunes go together, so I just wanted to present them in the same post.:)



These two tunes are quite interesting, chord structurally. Joe Banes is played first, and it begins in the key of G, then drops to the relative minor, Em, in the B part. When you proceed on to Gypsy Princess, it begins in Em, then switches to the key of G in the B part, so then it comes around full circle to the key of G. For this music geek, it’s kind of cool…

Anyway, this set is also played in the key of A as well, so if you run across someone who wants to play it in A, just use your trusty capo on the the 2nd fret, and voila, you can play your G chords which now sound like A! Isn’t a capo such a wonderful tool?

Here is the guitar TAB and notation:

Joe Banes – Gtr TAB

Gypsy Princess – Gtr TAB

The video I chose to help you learn these tunes was picked because I like how they play the tunes as a team, as well as the fact that they aren’t playing at lightning speed. 🙂

For those who are enjoying an extended Christmas break, NOW is the time to work on these tunes. You’ll be glad that you did!


Fair Morning Hornpipe

The tune of the day is


This tune is a great tune, but I must say that I’ve not really heard anyone play it as a hornpipe! I like giving it a little lilt on the guitar, however.:) I found that there is an almost identical tune to this named Nancy. It seems to be popular among banjo players. And, although it’s titled as a hornpipe, which we generally associate with celtic music, it seems to have originated in West Virginia from the playing of the famous fiddler, Wilson Douglas.

Fair Morning Hornpipe is usually played in the key of D, but it was much easier to play it on the guitar in the key of C, and then capo on the 2nd fret to put it in the key of D. Hooray for capos!!

Here is the notation and guitar TAB – Fair Morning Hornpipe – Gtr TAB

The group in this video does a nice job of playing the tune – they make it a truly musical experience.

As always, grab your guitar and try it out. Here in the Midwest, it’s cold and blucky, and perfect for sitting down a spell. You’ll be glad that you did!