SCVFA Tunes Page
There are three groups of tunes below. The first group has tunes that have been led in the “Slow Jam” (a.k.a. the “Real Slow Jam”) started by Topher Heath in December 2014. Some of these are reprinted from our newsletter, the Fiddler’s Rag. There are also MIDI files that you can listen to, provided at both ends of the Slow Jam’s speed range: 90 and 60 bpm (beats per minute).
The second group presents a few tunes that were taught in workshops (including the Tune Builder) that were held during SCVFA jams, and for which we have sheet music.
The final group comprises tunes that were taught during the first two years of our original Beginners’ Circle slow jam.
A few tunes may appear, possibly in different arrangements, in more than one group.
Slow Jam Tunes (2015+)
Sheet music and listenable MIDI files for most of the tunes that have been led in the Slow Jam are in the table below, along with with the dates they were introduced into the Slow Jam (and dates revised, if applicable). Many of the tunes are also available as a single multi-page PDF in the Slow Jam Tune Collection (as of September 2016; 25 tunes, 31 pages).
Tunes marked with a are on the Slow-Jam “active” list as of March 2018.
|Tunes (click or tap for PDFs)||MIDIs (click/tap to hear)||Intro. (revised?)|
|Angeline the Baker aka Angelina Baker (D)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||9/15
|Arkansas Traveler (D)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||4/15
|Barlow Knife (G)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||3/18|
| Cripple Creek (A)
(from the Aug. 2015 Fiddler’s Rag)
|Simple MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
Notey MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
| Girl I Left Behind Me, The (G)
(with Liberty, from the Aug. 2015 Fiddler’s Rag)
|MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||1/15|
|Hot Corn, Cold Corn (G)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||7/15|
|Irish Washerwoman (G; from the Beginners’ Circle 12/07)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||3/15|
|Jaybird (D)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||11/15|
|June Apple (A Mix. = 2 sharps), from the Aug. 2016 Fiddler’s Rag||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||8/16|
|Kesh Jig, The (G; from the Beginners’ Circle 11/05)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||2/15|
| Liberty (D) (with The Girl I Left Behind Me,
from the Aug. 2015 Fiddler’s Rag)
|MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||1/15|
|Liberty (D; 2 versions)||Simple MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
Fancier MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
|Long Journey Home (Two Dollar Bill) (G)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||5/15|
|Mississippi Sawyer (D)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||11/15|
|Mountain Dew (G) (in the October 2015 Fiddler’s Rag)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||5/15|
|Old Joe Clark (A Mixolydian, or mixed)||MIDIs (A&G chords): 90 bpm / 60 bpm
MIDIs (A,G&E chords): 90 bpm / 60 bpm
| Over the Waterfall (A)
(from the Nov. 2015 Fiddler’s Rag)
|Simple MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
Notey MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
|Red-Haired Boy (A Mix.) (as hornpipe and reel)||hornpipe MIDIs: 80 bpm / 60 bpm
reel MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
| Red Wing (G) (1907 song by Kerry Mills)
instrumental melody PDF, plus lyrics
simpler singing melody PDF, with lyrics:
|Red Wing MIDIs:
Instrumental: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
Singing melody: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
|Shoo Fly (D)||MIDIs (2x, with chords both ways): 90 bpm / 60 bpm||3/18|
|Soldier’s Joy (D; 2 versions)||Simple MIDI: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
Fancier MIDI: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
|Squirrel Hunters (A Mixolydian = 2 sharps)||MIDIs: 90 bpm (2x) / 60 bpm||4/16|
|St. Anne’s Reel (D)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||8/16|
|Swallowtail Jig (E Dorian = 2 sharps)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||8/16|
|Whiskey Before Breakfast (D; 2 versions)||Version 1 MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
Version 2 MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm
|Wildwood Flower (C) (March 2016 Fiddler’s Rag)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||1/15|
|Will the Circle Be Unbroken (A) (January 2016 Fiddler’s Rag)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||5/15|
|Worried Man Blues (G) (December 2015 Fiddler’s Rag)||MIDIs: 90 bpm / 60 bpm||2/15|
Slow Jam tune list updated 3/30/2018.
Tunes from Some SCVFA Workshops
These are tunes taught in a few SCVFA-sponsored workshops. As above, sheet music in PDF form and related MIDI files to listen to are provided — and in some cases, recordings from the workshops.
|Tunes (click or tap for PDFs)||MIDI/Audio (click to listen)|
|Tunes from the Tune Builder circle|
|January 1, 2017 Tune Builder — two jigs; led by Cindy Dinga|
|Out on the Ocean (D) and Rose in the Heather (D)||Out on the Ocean, 100 bpm MIDI /
Rose in the Heather, 100 bpm MIDI
|Harry Liedstrand String-Band Workshop Nov. 6, 2016|
|Cottonwood Reel (D+G) and Texas Barbed Wire (G)
(From the December 2016 Fiddler’s Rag)
|Cottonwood Reel, 90 bpm MIDI /
Texas Barbed Wire, 90 bpm MIDI
|Sandy (My Little Dog …) (D)||Sandy, 90 bpm MIDI|
|Blaine Sprouse Workshop March 1, 2015|
|Roxanne’s Waltz by Kenny Baker (Blaine Sprouse’s version)||Roxanne’s, 40 mpm MIDI
Roxanne’s Waltz, played by
Blaine Sprouse, March 2015.
Tunes from the Early Beginners’ Circle
These are tunes led during the first two years of the Beginners’ Circle, from late 2005 to late 2007. Initially the BC was a combination mentored slow jam and tune-learning session. But over time it evolved to be mainly a tune-teaching session aimed at intermediate players, so in 2015 it was renamed the “Tune Builder”.)
Each tune is available as sheet music in PDF form. Many also have MIDI and/or MP3 audio files you can listen to (see note below), usually at a slow speed such as 60 bpm (beats per minute) as well as at a typical playing speed such as 90 or 100 bpm. In some cases, mainly waltzes, the speed listed may be in mpm (measures per minute), e.g. 40 mpm would be 120 bpm in 3/4.
You can get most of the sheet music for the older tunes in one PDF file (~1.2 MB), or get the pages individually below.
Individual Tunes, Listed Alphabetically
|Tune names (click for PDFs)||MIDI Files (small)||MP3 Files (large)|
|Arkansas Traveler (OT*)||60 bpm 90 bpm||60 bpm 90 bpm|
|Battle of Manassas/Abe’s Retreat (1 & 2) (OT*)||v1, 45 bpm 75 bpm||45 bpm 75 bpm|
|Battle of Manassas (ver 2)||v2, 45 bpm 75 bpm||45 bpm 75 bpm|
|Boy’s Lament For His Dragon (Scot.)||(No audio files)|
|Cold Frosty Morning (OT)||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|The Eighth of January (OT/BG*)||(No audio files)|
|Fisher’s Hornpipe (Irish/OT)||80 bpm||(No mp3)|
|The Girl I Left Behind Me (OT)||(No audio files)|
|Hollow Poplar (OT)||60 bpm 95 bpm||60 bpm 95 bpm|
|Josephine’s Waltz / Josefin’s dopvals (OT)||(No audio files)|
|Joys of Quebec (Fr. Can.)||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|Juliann Johnson (OT)||60 bpm 90 bpm||60 bpm 90 bpm|
|Kesh Jig (Irish)||(No audio files)|
|Kitchen Girl (New England), and info. on modes||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|Liberty 1 & 2 (OT)||v1, 50 bpm 90 bpm||v1, 50 bpm 90 bpm|
|v2, 50 bpm 90 bpm||v2, 50 bpm 90 bpm|
|Miller’s Reel (OT)||90 bpm||(No mp3)|
|New Five Cents (Buffalo Nickel) (OT)||65 bpm 100 bpm||65 bpm 100 bpm|
|Possum Up A Gum Stump (OT)||(No audio files)|
|Rickett’s Hornpipe (OT)||(No audio files)|
|Road to Lisdoonvarna (Irish)||60 bpm 100 bpm||60 bpm 100 bpm|
|Salt Creek / Salt River (2 variations) (BG)||65 bpm 100 bpm||65 bpm 100 bpm|
|MIDI for Salt Creek variation||65 bpm 100 bpm|
|Sandy River Belle (OT*)
And you can see a video of a banjo version here on YouTube.
|60 bpm 90 bpm||60 bpm 90 bpm|
|Soldier’s Joy (3 variations; OT/BG)||(No audio files)|
|Soldier’s Joy (3 var. with drones)|
|Spotted Pony (OT)||60 bpm 90 bpm||60 bpm 90 bpm|
|Temperance Reel (aka Teetotaler Reel) (OT/BG)||65 bpm 100 bpm||65 bpm 100 bpm|
|Tombigbee Waltz (OT*)||(No audio files)|
|Waltz of the Toys (French traditional)||(No audio files)|
|Wild Rose of the Mountain (OT, J.P. Fraley)||70 bpm||Video with J.P. Fraley and Ali Bain|
|Making a Medley by Transposing Tunes — Mark Llewellyn|
|Devil’s Dream in A and D (OT/BG),||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|Chicken Reel (D) &||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|Turkey in the Straw (D) (OT)||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|Audio of the whole medley:||55 bpm 90 bpm||55 bpm 90 bpm|
|Four Scandinavian tunes from Sarah Kirton. Get the PDF with sheet music for all four tunes. The MIDI files are from the sources listed in the PDF file. The MP3s are from Sarah’s playing at our January 2007 Jam.|
|Äppelbo Gånglåt / Gånglåt från Äppelbo (Sweden)||55 bpm 84 bpm||84 bpm (S.K.)|
|Orevalsen [“Waltz from Ore”] (Norway)||100 bpm 140 bpm||150 bpm (S.K.)|
|Norrbommen [lit. “North Pole”] (Sweden)||60 bpm 105 bpm||100 bpm (S.K.)|
|Glalåten [“Glad Song”] (Sweden) (Folkets Hus version)||85 bpm 132 bpm||117 bpm (S.K.)|
|Glalåten (Abacci Music version)||85 bpm 132 bpm|
*OT=old-time, BG=bluegrass, Ir=Irish
Note: MIDI files are small (about 4-16 kB), as they only contain instructions to the sound card on your computer, which makes the actual sound. The quality varies considerably depending on your computer. MP3 files are audio files that should sound the same on most systems — but they’re much larger (about 300kB to 1MB). And almost all of these MP3s are made from the MIDIs (sorry!), so try the MIDIs first.
Old Beginners’ Circle tune list updated 11/18/2016 (moved Roxann’s Waltz).
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