Free fiddle sheet music Redhaired Boy with guitar tabs and chords. This popular Irish fiddle tune will be a popular piece for your flatpicking guitar students or your beginning fiddle players. Three versions, in the keys of A and G!
Here is a great-sounding group of kids playing this piece at UCLA:
Download free fiddle sheet music Redhaired Boy
Here's another fiddle version, from across the water, where they call it "Little Beggarman." The fiddler who placed this video on Youtube (Henry the Fiddler!) says,
"Famous Celtic fiddle tune. It is almost identical to the Americanized version under the name Red Haired Boy."
Redhaired Boy is fun to flatpick in the key of G, and much easier than in the key of A. The key of A is easier for fiddlers to finger, but for guitar, the key of G works nicely and flows faster.
Download Redhaired Boy free sheet music in G
However, the key of G requires the use of the F chord! If you are having a couple of students play this piece as a duet, one of them will have to be good at the F chord. (This would be excellent motivation for working on that chord.)
Below is another version in G. This sheet music differs by only a couple of eighth notes, but those extra eighth notes make Redhaired Boy a much fancier-sounding piece. Even more fun, even more cute!
Download free fiddle music and guitar tabs Redhaired Boy
See Devil's Dream for a discussion of stroking DOWN and UP. I tell my students that a general principle to follow is to pick DOWN on the first of 2 eighth notes and UP on the second eighth note. Plain quarter notes are DOWN. A quarter note followed by 2 eighth notes would be DOWN, DOWN-UP.
Have fun with Redhaired Boy!
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