Category: Books

Ryan’s Mammoth Collection was published in the 1880s and later republished (by someone else, without crediting the original publisher or author) as “Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes” in the 1940s. It contains 1050 tunes (although some of them are almost certainly duplicates …

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Old-Time Festival Tunes, by Dan Levenson This two-volume set is available for clawhammer banjo in one volume and fiddle/mandolin in the other. Both books contain the same repertoire of 117 tunes, in a “basic” and “advanced” arrangement in standard notation …

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The Portland Collection, by Sue Songer and Clyde Curley The Portland Collection is three books (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3) and three companion recordings collecting contra dance tunes as played in and around Portland, OR. One of the recordings, …

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The Complete Fiddle Tunes I Either Did or Did Not Learn at the Tractor Tavern, by Gene Silberberg From the preface: “This collection contains the tunes in the original Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern and 93 Tunes …

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English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Fiddle Tunes, by Robin Williamson I played violin in middle school, and was signed up for lessons with a classical violinist who taught many fine orchestral violin players. She was clearly scandalized when I brought …

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The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, by Randy Miller et al. This book of contra dance tunes as played in New England was one of the first two books of fiddle tunes I bought. I wish I still had my first …

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The Fiddler’s / Guitar Picker’s / Banjo Picker’s / Mandolin Picker’s Fakebook, by David Brody   The Fiddler’s Fakebook was one of the first two books of fiddle tunes I bought. The edition I have is bound with a plastic …

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