Music Sources

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Print Sources

The Fiddler’s Fakebook
Brody, David
New York: Oak Publications, 1983

The Banjo Picker’s Fakebook
Brody, David
New York: Oak Publications. 1985

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland
New and Revised
Krassen, Miles
New York: Oak Publications, 1976

Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo
Leftwich, Brad
Mel Bay Publications: 1999

The Waltz Book
Matthiesen, Bill, ed. 2d ed. Albany, N.Y.: By the Author, 2004.
Unknown. 2d ed. Albany, N.Y.: By the Author, 2004.
Available at Amazon

The Waltz Book II
Matthiesen, Bill,
2d ed. Albany, N..Y, 2004.
Available at Amazon

The Waltz Book III
Matthiesen, Bill, ed.
2d ed. Albany, N.Y.
By the Author, 2004.
Available at Amazon

The Portland Collection: Contra Dance Music in the Pacific Northwest
Songer, Susan, and Curley, Clyde
Portland, Ore.: By the Authors, 1997
Available at Amazon

English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Fiddle Tunes
Williamson, Robin.
New York: Oak Publications, 1976
Available on Amazon

Clawhammer Banjo Solos on Modal Music and in the Irish Tradition
Slater, Alec.
Mel Bay Publications: 1979.
Available on Amazon

Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
See or call 973-729-5544.
Teaching books, DVDs, CDs, etc. for blues, slide, Celtic, and other finger style guitar lessons/training, and some fiddle materials.


Sing Out!

Each quarterly issue of Sing Out! is packed with articles, news, reviews, commentary and analysis of a stunningly broad range of musical styles, traditional and contemporary, that fit under the broad umbrella of Sing Out!’s definition of folk music: blues, bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, singer-songwriter, world music, Cajun, klezmer, and much, much more. … PLUS complete lead sheets (melody, chords and lyrics) for 15 songs in each issue … with an accompanying sampler CD including all of the songs performed by the original artist.

Dirty Linen

A great magazine bites the dust. Or does it? Read Article

The Old-Time Herald

For 20 years the Old-Time Herald magazine has been dedicated to American old-time music, highlighting string band traditions of the Southeast. Visit the web site for subscriptions and back issues.

Acoustic Guitar

Lessons, Gear, and Players – from Beginners to Professionals. Visit the web site for subscriptions and much more.

Dulcimer Players

News Learn tunes, read interviews, learn history. Lots of dulcimer info here.

Fingerstyle Guitar

Read it, Hear it, Play it – Read about the wonderful things you can do with your guitar. Visit the web site for subscriptions and much more.

Acoustic Musician

The UK’s Only Magazine Dedicated To The Acoustic World. Each issue features interviews with the world’s top acoustic musicians and singer songwriters. Along with the acoustic guitar, Acoustic also features classical guitars, 12-string acoustics, electro acoustics, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and acoustic basses. Acoustic Magazine also features tutorials from some of the finest acoustic players on the planet including Martin Simpson, Gordon Giltrap, Martin Taylor, Doyle Dykes and others. Acoustic Magazine is at the centre of the acoustic world.

Fiddler Fiddler Magazine

An informative, educational, and entertaining resource for fiddlers, accompanists, and appreciative listeners. Each quarterly issue (now approx. 60 pages each) features a variety of different styles of fiddling, as well as plenty of other articles and columns. Regular columns include: Bluegrass Fiddling, “The Practicing Fiddler,” Fiddle Tune History, On Improvisation, Irish Fiddling, Cross-Tuning Workshop, Cross-Canada Fiddle Tour, and reviews of CDs, books, and DVDs. Each issue also includes transcriptions of several tunes.


JC’s ABC Tune Match
Chambers, John.
At At this site, you can browse tunes by title. You can also key in part or all of a title, or a sequence of notes, and the site returns all tunes in its extensive database that meet your search criteria. You can open most tunes as PDFs of the sheet music. In some cases, the only version available is in ABC format, but you can paste that file into an ABC converter that’s available for free at and make printable sheet music.

The Fiddler’s Companion: A Descriptive Index of North American and British Isles Music for the Folk Violin and Other Instruments
Kuntz, Andrew.
The title accurately describes this site.