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Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Fiddle Primer

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

This is the book I use with my students who are learning how to play over bluegrass vocal pieces. Because the approach to fiddling these songs is very different than standard fiddle tunes, I have dedicated this book specifically for this purpose. As usual with my fiddle books, all of the bowing is very carefully written out with bow stroke direction markes at the begining of every measure. There are lots of slide markings also, as this is a fundamental part of this kind of bluegrass fiddling.

The book is graduated, with the early pieces fairly simple to play, sparse of double-stops and easier keys, and more difficult arrangements later on. All of the songs have the lyrics on the page. Many of the songs have been rearranged to allow for kids' or womens' voice ranges, so that all of my students get a chance to sing some of the 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:

A Little at a Time
Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
Air Mail Special on the Fly
Baby Blue Eyes
Banks of the Ohio
Blue Night
Blue Ridge Cabin Home
Bringing in the Georgia Mail
Close By
Columbus Stockade Blues
Dark Hollow
Dig a Hole in the Meadow
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Does It Have To End This Way
Each Season Changes You
East Virginia Blues
Eight More Miles to Louisville
Fireball Mail
Foggy Mountain Top
Forty Years of Trouble
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
Gonna Paint the Town
Gotta Travel On
Ground Hog
Head Over Heels
Highway of Regret
Hot Corn Cold Corn
How Mountain Girls Can Love
I'll Fly Away
I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When
I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
I'm Going Down That Road Feeling Bad
I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darlin'
In the Pines
It Takes One to Know One
Little Annie
Little White-Washed Chimney
Lonesome Wind Blues
Long Journey Home
Lost Highway
Love Gone Cold
Love, Please Come Home
Mama Don't Allow
Molly and Tenbrooks
Mountain Dew
My Cabin in Caroline
My Home's Across the Blueridge Mountains
Ocean of Diamonds
Old Home Place
Red Clay Halo
Rocky Top
Roll On Buddy
Sad and Lonesome Day
Salty Dog
Shenandoah Waltz
Short Life of Trouble
Sittin' on Top of the World
Someone Took My Place With You
Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
Think of What You've Done
Wabash Cannonball
Walls of Time
Way Downtown
We'll Meet Again Sweetheart
When You Go Walking After Midnight
White Freightliner Blues
Why Did You Wander?
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Will You Be Loving Another Man
Worried Man Blues

Updated March 13, 2016