Free Fiddle Sheet Music
Free fiddle sheet music Red-Haired Boy with guitar tabs and chords.
This popular Irish fiddle tune will be a popular piece for your flat-picking guitar students or your beginning fiddle players.
Three versions, all in the keys of A & G
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This song is a favorite with students
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But the rhythm is tricky for beginning flat-pickers
Because we want our picks to go "Down-up, down-up" with eighth notes, not "Down Down Down Down", it is necessary to drum this habit into your students early on with scales, or such easy pieces as Boilem' Cabbage Down.
Otherwise, what is BOUND TO HAPPEN is that your student will fail to stop on the quarter notes, and the rhythm will disappear.
If that is happening to you, then lots of listening to an accurate recording, along with singing "Down-up, down-up, DOWN!" is going to be necessary.
For guitar players, the key of G is easiest
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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.
Except that backup requires the F chord!
One caveat regarding the key of G: this song 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.)
A bit more elaborate melody
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!
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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!
The links to the lead sheets:
Download free fiddle sheet music Redhaired Boy
Download Redhaired Boy free sheet music in G
Download free fiddle music and guitar tabs Redhaired Boy with EXTRA notes
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