These are some good fiddle tunes for beginners.

(Note that this is automatically generated from select tunes in my tune database, which is why it may seem a bit random.)

Angeline the Baker

Sheet music:

Read about this tune at The Fiddler's Companion.

Videos of 'Angeline the Baker' worth watching:

  • Amanda Kerr - nice and slow, good for learning the tune

Boil That Cabbage Down

Also known as: Bile 'Em Cabbage Down, Bile Them Cabbage Down, Boil Them Cabbage Down

Sheet music: PDF Lilypond source

Read about this tune at The Fiddler's Companion.

Videos of 'Boil That Cabbage Down' worth watching:

  • Vi Wickam's take on this tune - a very different version

Mairi's Wedding

Videos of 'Mairi's Wedding' worth watching:

Moon and Seven Stars, The

Sheet music:

  • Moon and Seven Stars-fiddle tab: PDF
  • Moon and Seven Stars-mandolin tab: PDF
  • Smoke In Your Eyes (3rd edition) p. 132

Videos of 'Moon and Seven Stars, The' worth watching:

  • David Hansen plays a nice version on 10-string (5-course) mandolin

Old Joe Clark

Sheet music: PDF Lilypond source

Videos of 'Old Joe Clark' worth watching:

  • Jonathan Meek playing a simple version (he teaches the tune in the first part of the video)
  • Vi Wickam playing a fancier but not-too-fast version

Spotted Pony

Also known as: Showshoe Reel, Snowshoes

Sheet music:

  • Spotted Pony-fiddle tab: PDF
  • The Fiddler's Fakebook (1983) p. 262
  • Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern (Millennium Edition) p. 143

Read about this tune at The Fiddler's Companion.

This tune at The Session.

Audio recordings of 'Spotted Pony':

Videos of 'Spotted Pony' worth watching:

Yankee Doodle

Sheet music: PDF

Read about this tune at The Fiddler's Companion.