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Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Guitar Primer

Guitar Primer

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


Note: Jack Tuttle's Guitar Primer is an updated version of the earlier, previously named, Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Guitar Collection, vol 1. For those looking for the mp3s to the earlier book, go here.

This spiral-bound book is a result of my developing a well thought-out lesson program for guitar over the last twenty years of teaching. In this 96 page book, the material is laid out in a graduated fashion. There is an even mix of common fiddle tunes and bluegrass breaks to singing pieces. Some pieces also included a rhythm page for gaining ideas on how to play chords and runs in the proper bluegrass style. There are a number of transcriptions of recorded solos by bluegrass greats, but most arrangements are put together by me for teaching purposes. Also included are scales, arpeggios, pick exercises, chords diagrams, tag endings and a commonly used bass-run page. This book includes both standard music notation and tablature. For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

Below is the song index from this book. The links below are mp3s of the songs.

Boil Em Cabbage Down
Long Journey Home
Old Joe Clark
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Bury Me Beneath The Willow
Bury Me Beneath The Willow (rhythm)
Soldier's Joy
Soldier's Joy (rhythm)
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Sittin' on Top of the World (rhythm)
Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
Arkansas Traveler
The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me
Wildwood Flower
Red-Haired Boy
Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
Before I Met You
Swallowtail Jig
June Apple
I'll Fly Away
Forked Deer
Gonna Settle Down
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Whiskey Before Breakfast (rhythm)
Cherokee Shuffle
Cherokee Shuffle (rhythm)
Foggy Mountain Top
St. Anne's Reel
Bill Cheatum
Bill Cheatum (rhythm)
Molly and Tenbrooks
Squirrel Hunters
Dark Hollow
Dark Hollow (rhythm)
Salt Creek
Salt Creek (rhythm)
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Short Life Of Trouble
Short Life Of Trouble (rhythm)
Billy In The Lowground
Down the Road recorded in the key of A (capo 2)
Cripple Creek
I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
Lonesome Road Blues
Angeline The Baker
Worried Man Blues
Ragtime Annie
I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling recorded in the key of F (capo 3)
Big Mon
Blackberry Blossom
Pretty Polly
Turkey In The Straw
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
Foggy Mountain Special
I'll Never Shed Another Tear
I'll Never Shed Another Tear (rhythm)
It Takes One To Know One (played with capo at fret 2 key of A)
It Takes One To Know One (rhythm) (played with capo at fret 2 key of A)
Little Maggie
Cumberland Gap
Paddy On The Turnpike
Man Of Constant Sorrow (played with capo at fret 3 key of F)
Kentucky Mandolin
Salty Dog
Carter's Blues
Fire On The Mountain
In the Pines
In the Pines (rhythm)
Head Over Heels In Love With You
East Virginia Blues (played with capo at fret 4 key of E)
Gold Rush
Toy Heart
Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
Highway Of Regret
Beaumont Rag
Blue Ridge Cabin Home (played with capo at fret 3 key of Bb)
Blue Ridge Cabin Home rhythm (played with capo at fret 3 key of Bb)
Think Of What You've Done (played with capo at fret 5 key of C)
Tag Endings
End Licks (vocals)

Tag Endings
End Licks (vocals)

Updated October 24, 2018Date -->