Free Fiddle Music
Tenpenny Bit for Guitar

Free fiddle music with guitar tabs -- Tenpenny Bit is a driving, rhythmic jig in 6/8 time.

It makes a great ensemble piece or solo for your beginning flat-picking guitar student, with or without a fiddle-player around!

free fiddle sheet music with easy guitar tabs

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For a guitarist used to picking "down-up, down-up, down-up," a jig feels different.

Because the rhythm of a jig divides a measure of six eighth notes into two strong pulses instead of three pulses, the picking needs to emphasize beats 1 and 4 instead of 1, 2, and 3.

So, instead of 1 2,  3 4,  5 6, the emphasis must be 1 2 3,  4 5 6 to give the melody line proper support.

What this means to the guitar player is (traditionally)  DOWN up DOWNDOWN up DOWN. At least, that should be in the back of your mind as you wield the pick, as an ideal.

However, it isn't practical in all the measures, or even most of the measures, of Tenpenny Bit!

Here is what Doug Sparling says on a page about jigs from GuitarNoise.com:

"Jigs are in 6/8 time, which can take some getting used to if you haven’t flatpicked many jigs or used a lot of triplets in your playing.

"There are a few general guidelines to flatpicking jigs. Jigs are often played with a “lilt” by slightly lengthening the first eighth note of a triplet (on the downstroke) and subsequently shortening the second eighth note (on the upstroke).

"Another item to consider is picking direction.

"Unlike reels, which are normally played using alternating picking, with jigs we’ll use a downstroke on the downbeats to give them emphasis, which in turn helps give the tune a rhythmic drive.

"For example, we’ll pick triplets Down-Up-Down Down-Up-Down (DUD DUD) instead of alternating (DU DU DU).

"This is a guideline, not a rule…you may like the sound of alternating picking better, and in some places, sticking with one picking pattern may be awkward."

Thank you, Doug! What a great resource GuitarNoise.com is, with its free, detailed, informative lessons.

And here is Ten-Penny Bit again, with a few ornamental changes that sounded right to me after listening to a few videos.

There are other changes that could be added, also, but you can add them yourself!  The more I listen to videos of this free fiddle music, the more details I notice. 

free fiddle music with guitar tablature

The chords for this free fiddle music are my own suggestion -- you could probably switch the G's and Em's around and not really have it sound too different.

I really love this free fiddle music, Ten Penny Bit.





The pdf download links for the fiddle & guitar music:


Download free fiddle music Tenpenny Bit, version 1


Tenpenny Bit free violin sheet music, version 2, for flatpicking guitar 








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