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Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Fiddle Collection

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For orders outside the US, you must order from here.

This is my most popular and most ambitious book. As a response to many requests through the years, I put this book together with a focus on the fiddling style used for bluegrass singing pieces, banjo and mandolin tunes, and a few of the fiddle tunes that are commonly played, but hard to find. There are 113 songs in this spiral-bound book, (see index below) but many of them have an easier and harder version, so all told, there are 150 solos. I have spent twenty years transcribing solos from the greatest players of the past and present, and have spent the last 9 months adding many more that I hadn't gotten to. Over half of the transcriptions are my own arrangements, often with an intermediate and an advanced version.

Many of these pieces are challenging, but all the require details are notated. Bowing is notated logically and fastidiously, with the bowing direction marks at the beginning of each measure. Of course, many will choose to just bow it their own way, and that's fine, but those who need to better understand and develop the bowing patterns of top bluegrass fiddlers can carefully follow these bowings. Left hand fingering is also notated in any instance where there might be a question.

Also included are 8 pages - one for each bluegrass key, of end licks. Each page has 8 licks that can be used for the last line of most standard bluegrass songs. A typical bluegrass song can be broken down into four lines of melody and often a fiddler will leave the melody on the last line and play a lick in its place. These end licks are to be used for this purpose. Half of the licks will fit over a I - V - I chord progression and the other half fit over a V - V - I. Since this chord progression is so common for the last line, these licks will work for the vast majority of songs.

For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

By far the majority of these tunes and songs are from mainstream bluegrass jam repertoire. Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers repertoire are well represented. Here is the song index from the book - many of my arrangements have mp3 links. More will be added - the transcribed versions can be heard from the recordings as noted on the page.

Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow (1)
- two versions, my arrangements, C
Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow (2)
Ashland Breakdown - from Kenny Baker, C
Baby Blues Eyes - two versions, my arrangements, F
Banjo Signal - from Mac Magaha, G
Banks Of The Ohio (1) - two versions, my arrangements, D
Banks Of The Ohio (2)
Big Country - from Ron Stewart, A
Big Mon - my arrangement, A
Big Tilda - from Stuart Duncan, G
Blue Grass Breakdown - my arrangement, G
Blue Grass Stomp - two versions, my arrangements, D
Blue Moon Of Kentucky - two versions, Chubby Wise's 3/4, and Kenny Baker's in 4/4
Blue Ridge Cabin Home (1) - two versions, my arrangements, Bb
Blue Ridge Cabin Home (2)
Bury Me Beneath The Willow (1) - two versions, my arrangements, G
Bury Me Beneath The Willow (2)

Cabin In Caroline (1) - two versions, mine and Jimmy Shumate's, G
Cabin In Caroline (2)
Can't You Hear Me Calling? - from Chubby Wise, G
Clinch Mountain Backstep - from Curly Ray Cline, A
Cheyenne - from Bobby Hicks, Gm
Cumberland Gap - two versions, my arrangements, G
Cora Is Gone - from Bobby Hicks, D
Dark Hollow - my arrangement, C
Daybreak In Dixie - my arrangement, A
Dear Old Dixie - from Benny Martin, G
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (1) - two versions, my arrangements, E
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (2)

Dixie Hoedown - my arrangement, G
Dusty Miller - from Richard Greene, A
Earl's Breakdown - from Howdy Forrester, G
East Virginia Blues (1) - two versions, my arrangements, E
East Virginia Blues (2)

Farewell Blues - my arrangement, C
Fireball Mail (1) - two versions, my arrangements, G
Fireball Mail (2)
Foggy Mountain Special - two versions, my arrangements. G
Foggy Mountain Top (1) - two versions, my arrangements, A
Foggy Mountain Top (2)
Foggy Mountain Breakdown - from Benny Sims, G
Footprints In The Snow - two versions, from Chubby Wise and Kenny Baker, E
Gold Rush - my arrangement, A
Gonna Paint The Town (1) - two versions, my mine and Curly Ray Cline's, G
Gonna Paint The Town (2)
Gonna Settle Down - two versions, Howdy Forrester's and Bobby Hicks', G
Ground Speed - my arrangement
Goodbye Old Pal - two versions from Michael Cleveland, Bb
Head Over Heels - two versions, from Benny Sims and Bobby Hicks, G
Heavy Traffic Ahead - three versions, 2 from Chubby Wise and 1 from Stuart Duncan, A
Highway Of Regret (1) - two versions, my arrangements, G
Highway Of Regret (2)
How Mountain Girls Can Love (1) - two versions, mine and James Price's, G
How Mountain Girls Can Love (2)
I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair - my arrangement, E
If I Should Wander Back Tonight - from Benny Martin, G
I'll Fly Away (1) - two versions, my arrangements, A
I'll Fly Away (2)
I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky (1) - two versions, my arrangements, A
I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky (2)

I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home (1) - two versions, my arrangements, Bb
I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home (2)
In The Pines - two versions, my arrangements, E
Is It Too Late Now? - two versions, mine and Bobby Hicks', F
It Takes One To Know One - two versions, my arrangements, A
John Hardy - from Vassar Clements, G
John Henry - from Eddie Stubbs, G
Katy Daley - two versions, my arrangement and Randy Howard's, B
Kentucky Mandolin - my arrangement, Gm
Let Me Love You One More Time - from James Price, B
Little Annie - my arrangement, A
Little Darling Pal Of Mine - my arrangement, G
Little Girl In Tennessee - from Benny Sims, G
Little Maggie (C) - from Curly Ray Cline, C
Little Maggie (A) - two versions, my arrangements, A
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz - from Kenny Baker, Dm
Lonesome Road Blues - from Paul Warren, G
Long Gone - two versions, my arrangement and Stuart Duncan's, Bb
Love Me Darling Just Tonight - two versions, mine and Curly Ray Cline's, A
Love Please Come Home - my arrangement, B
Man Of Constant Sorrow - from Curly Ray Cline, C
Molly And Tenbrooks - two versions, mine and Stuart Duncan's, Bb
Mountain Dew - two versions, my arrangements G
My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin' - two versions, mine and Alison Krauss' B
New Camptown Races - my arrangement, Bb
Nine Pound Hammer - from Sam Bush, A
Nobody's Love Is Like Mine - from James Price, B
Ocean Of Diamonds - two versions, my arrangements, F
Old Home Place - two versions, my arrangements, Bb
Pig In A Pen - from Bobby Hicks, A
Pike County Breakdown - from Benny Sims, A
Prayer Bells Of Heaven - from Michael Cleveland, Bb
Pretty Polly - from James Price, C
Raw Hide - my arrangement, C
Rebecca - from Stuart Duncan, Bb
Red Clay Halo - from Stuart Duncan, C
Riding On That Midnight Train - from Curly Ray Cline, G
Remmington Ride - my arrangement, G
Roanoke - my arrangement, G
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - from Bobby Hicks, B
Roll on Buddy - two versions, my arrangements, B
Salty Dog - two versions, my arrangements, G
Sally Ann - from Paul Warren, G
Scotland - my arrangement, A
Shenandoah Breakdown - my arrangement, A
Short Life Of Trouble - from Aubrey Haynie, G
Shouting On The Hills Of Glory - from James Price, A
Shuckin' The Corn - two versions, mine and Paul Warren's, G
Someone Took My Place With You - two versions, mine and Benny Martin's, A
Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong - two versions, my arrangements, D
Theme Time - from Vernon Derrick, A
Think Of What You've Done - two versions, mine and Bobby Hicks', C
Toy Heart - from Bobby Hicks, C
Train 45 - my arrangement, B
Travelin' This Lonesome Road - from Cubby Wise, F
True Life Blues - from Laurie Lewis, C
Uncle Pen - my arrangement, A
Walls Of Time - from Stuart Duncan, B
We'll Meet Again Sweetheart - two versions, mine and Jimmy Shumate's, A
Wheel Hoss - my arrangement, G
When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall - my arrangement, E
When You Go Walking After Midnight - two versions, mine and Aubrey Haynie's B
White Dove - two versions, my arrangements, E
Why Did You Wander? - two versions, mine and Benny Martin's, G
Will He Wait A Little Longer? - from Aubrey Haynie, A
Will You Be Satisfied That Way? - from Michael Cleveland, D
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? - two versions, my arrangements, A
Worried Man Blues - two versions, my arrangements, G
Key of G End Licks
Key of A End Licks
Key of Bb End Licks
Key of B End Licks
Key of C End Licks
Key of D End Licks
Key of E End Licks
Key of F End Licks

Updated March 13, 2016