There are 69 tune groups on this site.

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Type Group Name Brief Description Number of Tunes
Alternate Tunings ADAE

Tunes for which the fiddle is tuned ADAE from lowest to highest.  (From standard, tune the fourth string up one step from a G to an A.)  In ABC notation, these notes are written A,DAe.

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Alternate Tunings AEAC#

Also known as Calico Tuning.  Tunes for which the fiddle is tuned AEAC# from lowest to highest.  In ABC notation, these notes are written A,EA^c.  Perhaps the best known tune played in AEAC# is Black Mountain Rag.

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Alternate Tunings AEAE

Tunes for which the fiddle is cross-tuned AEAE from lowest to highest.  In ABC notation, these notes are written A,EAe.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Alabama Jubilee, Down Yonder

Variations of the tune Alabama Jubilee, also commonly known as Down Yonder

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Arkansas Traveler

Variations of the tune Arkansas Traveler

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Beaumont Rag

Variations of the tune Beaumont Rag

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Bill Cheatum

Variations of the tune Bill Cheatum

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Billy in the Low Ground

Variations of the tune Bill in the Low Ground

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Black Mountain Rag

Variations of the tune Black Mountain Rag

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Tunes from Other Traditions Besides Old Time Bluegrass

The Dr. Fiddle website is focused first and foremost on old time music, but there is some overlap in the old time and bluegrass repertoires.  Also, some fiddlers (such as Gene Goforth), recorded in both generes.  The tunes in this Bluegrass group are unmistakeably grassy, but were recorded by fiddlers that were also well-known for their achievements in old time.  Don't expect an awful lot of tunes in this group in the forseeable future.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Bonaparte's Retreat Variations of the tune Bonaparte's Retreat 8
Multiple Versions of Tunes Buck Creek Gals, Stoney Point, The Devil in Georgia, Pigtown Fling, Temperance Reel

This is a family of tunes known variously as Buck Creek Gals, Stoney Point, The Devil in Georgia, and Pigtown Fling.  They all may have descended from Temperance Reel.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Buffalo Gals

Variations of the tune Buffalo Gals

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Alternate Tunings CGDA

The CGDA tuning is for instruments such as the tenor banjo, mandola, and viola.  In ABC notation, these notes are written C,G,DA.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Chicken Reel

Variations of the tune Chicken Reel

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Chinese Breakdown Variations of the tune Chinese Breakdown 3
Multiple Versions of Tunes Cluck Old Hen

Variations of the tune Cluck Old Hen

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Cripple Creek

Variations of the well-known chestnut Cripple Creek. If you think this tune is only for beginners, then think again. As I said in the comments about Doc Roberts’ version of Cripple Creek, “one of the hallmarks of a good fiddler, in my opinion, is the ability to take a simple tune and make it interesting.” By that definition, we have some really good fiddlers represented in this group.

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Alternate Tunings DDAD

Tunes for which the fiddle is tuned DDAD from lowest to highest.  In ABC notation, these notes are written D,DAd.  Perhaps the best known tune played in DDAD is Bonaparte's Retreat.

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Alternate Tunings DDGD

Tunes for which the fiddle is tuned DDGD from lowest to highest.  In ABC notation, these notes are written D,DGd.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Dixie

Variations of the Southern national anthem Dixie

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Done Gone, Charleston Number One

Tunes in the family that contains both Done Gone and Charleston Number One.  Done Gone is probably more familiar to bluegrass and Texas fiddlers, while Charleston Number One is probably more familiar to other, non-Texas old time fiddlers.  The A parts of these two tunes are the same, but Done Gone is sometimes found with three parts (such as in the Eck Robertson version) whereas Charleston is usually a two-part tune.  Charleston Number One was popularized by Mississippi string and Narmour and Smith.

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Dr. Fiddle's Favorites Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Breakdowns and Reels Dr. Fiddle's favorite breakdown and reel transcriptions 62
Dr. Fiddle's Favorites Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Hornpipes

Dr. Fiddle's favorite hornpipe transcriptions

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Dr. Fiddle's Favorites Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Rags Dr. Fiddle's favorite ragtime transcriptions 38
Dr. Fiddle's Favorites Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Songs

Dr. Fiddle's favorite song transcriptions

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Dr. Fiddle's Favorites Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Waltzes

Dr. Fiddle's favorite waltz transcriptions

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Durang's Hornpipe

Variations of the tune Durang's Hornpipe

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Dusty Miller

Variations of the tune Dusty Miller

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Alternate Tunings EDAE

Tunes for which the fiddle is tuned EDAE from lowest to highest.  (From standard, tune the fourth string down a G to an E.)  In ABC notation, these notes are written E,DAe.

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Alternate Tunings FDAE

Tunes for which the fiddle is tuned FDAE from lowest to highest.  In ABC notation, these notes are written F,DAe.  This tuning was commonly used by Arkansas fiddler Bob Larkan.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Flop-Eared Mule, Big-Eared Mule

Variations of the tune Flop-Eared Mule, also known as Big-Eared Mule

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Forked Deer

Variations of the tune Forked Deer

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Alternate Tunings GDAD

Tunes for which the fiddle is tune GDAD.  In ABC notation, these notes are written G,DAd.

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Alternate Tunings GDGD

Tunes for which the fiddle is cross-tuned GDGD from lowest to highest.  In ABC notation, these notes are written G,DGd.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Georgia Railroad/Peter Went Fishing

Variations of the Georgia tune Georgia Railroad, also found as Peter Went Fishing

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Girl I Left Behind Me, The

Variations of the widespread tune The Girl I Left Behind Me

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Grey Eagle

Tunes in the Grey Eagle family. This tune seems to be especially popular among Texas fiddlers, and certain common features can be found in the Texas versions by Samuel Peacock (1929), Eck Robertson, Bartow Riley, and Benny Thomassons. Most versions are crooked in one or more ways. If you want a simple but catchy version appropriate for beginners, check out my version.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Hop High Ladies, Miss McCloud's Reel, Uncle Joe

A family of tunes going by names such as Hop High Ladies, Miss McCloud's Reel, and Uncle JoeMiss McCloud's Reel is likely the original name for this tune family, and it probably came over from Ireland.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes I Don't Love Nobody

Variations of the tune I Don't Love Nobody

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Indian Nation

Variations of the tune Indian Nation

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Tunes from Other Traditions Besides Old Time Irish and British These tunes are most commonly found in the fiddle traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, etc. (I can't bring myself to use the blanket term "Celtic.") 14
Multiple Versions of Tunes Katy Hill (Sally Johnson)

Variations of the tune Katy Hill, also known as Sally Johnson

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Leather Britches Variations of the tune Leather Britches 17
Multiple Versions of Tunes Lost Indian, Cherokee Shuffle

Variations of the tune Lost Indian and its derivative Cherokee Shuffle.

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Non-Fiddle Transcriptions Mandolin Transcriptions Transcriptions of mandolin music 13
Multiple Versions of Tunes Mississippi Sawyer

Variants of the widespread tune Mississippi Sawyer

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Old Joe Clark

Variations of the tune Old Joe Clark

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Paddy on the Turnpike

Variations of the tune Paddy on the Turnpike

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Ragtime Annie Variations of the tune Ragtime Annie 5
Multiple Versions of Tunes Run, Somebody, Run; The Pattyroller Song

Variations of the tune Run, Somebody, Run (where Somebody is generally a racial slur for a black person, but is sometimes replaced with Smoke, Jimmy, Johnny, or Boy), also known as The Pattyroller Song

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Rye Whiskey, Drunkard's Hiccups

Variations on the waltz Rye Whiskey, also known as Drunkard's Hiccups.  Usually found in the AEAC# tuning.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Sail Away Ladies, Sally Ann, Great Big Taters

Variations of the tune Sail Away Ladies, also known as Sally Ann, Great Big Taters, and Fever in the South, among other names

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Sailor's Hornpipe

Variations of Sailor's Hornpipe, also known as College Hornpipe

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Sally Goodin

Variations of the tune Sally Goodin

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Salt River (Salt Creek)

Variations of the widespread tune Salt River, which bluegrassers sometimes call Salt Creek, and which may be related to the Irish and Scottish tune Red Haired Boy.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Shortening Bread/Shortenin' Bread

Variations of the fiddle tune Shortening Bread (not the "mammy's little baby" vocal version).

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Soldier's Joy

Variants of the widespread tune Soldier's Joy

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Sourwood Mountain

Variations of the tune Sourwood Mountain

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Non-Fiddle Transcriptions Tenor Banjo Transcriptions

Transcriptions of tenor banjo music

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Tunes from Other Traditions Besides Old Time Texas Fiddle

This group is for authentic Texas-style fiddling.  This is the real stuff, not the robotic mess you sometimes hear at contests that gets called Texas fiddling.  I personally consider it a branch of Old Time, but the style is distinctive enough for it to have its own group.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Texas Quickstep, Mississippi Breakdown

Variations of the tune Texas Quickstep, which also shows up as Mississippi Breakdown.  Parts of it also appear in Ed Haley's Cherokee Polka and the widespread Wednesday Night Waltz.

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Tom And Jerry

Variations of the tune Tom And Jerry

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Turkey in the Straw, Old Zip Coon, Natchez Under the Hill, Sugar in the Gourd

A family of tunes including Turkey in the Straw, Old Zip Coon, Natchez Under the Hill, and Sugar in the Gourd

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Wagoner, Tennessee Wagoner, Texas Wagoner

Variations of the tune Wagoner, which is also known by regional names such as Tennessee Wagoner and Texas Wagoner

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Waynesboro, Coming Down from Denver, Here and There, Hummingbird Reel

Tunes in the Waynesboro/Coming Down from Denver family.  These are all descended from the Irish tune Over the Moor to Maggie

It seems to me that this tune family has two branches, Waynesboro and Coming Down from Denver.  On the Waynesboro side, I highly recommend starting with Doc Roberts’ version, and then picking up variations from other versions (which do have some cool variations).  On the Coming Down from Denver side, proceed directly to Gene Goforth’s version and get ready to go into third position!

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Tunes from Other Traditions Besides Old Time Western Swing The tunes in this group are from the tradition of Western Swing, a musical form that developed in Texas, the plains states, and other western states in the 1920s. Western Swing fiddling was heavily influenced by old time, among other traditions. 7
Multiple Versions of Tunes Whistling Rufus

Variations of the tune Whistling Rufus, also known as Hot Foot

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Multiple Versions of Tunes Wolves A' Howlin' Variations of the tune Wolves A' Howlin' 4