Free Guitar Tabs
Free guitar tabs plus standard notation for fiddle!
And now with a TWO-PAGE version for easier reading.
This piece is just plain FUN
Fiddlers love mastering the famous "circle" pattern which crops up with the first Bm chord and starts again with the next A chord, and guitarists have a similar thing going on with their string crossings.
Here's "Vi 'The Fiddler' Wickam" on YouTube demonstrating the liveliness of this tune, starting at 16 seconds in:
This is different from the version I heard...
Like EVERY performance of this piece that you will ever encounter, this arrangement differs a bit from mine, and from everybody else's! Look farther down the page for a guitar video, and you'll see what I mean.
Here is what the new two-page arrangement looks like - very spread out and easy to read:
Don't neglect careful fingering
For guitar players, this piece is a good opportunity to get left hand finger 4 into the mix!
So many kids try to avoid using that finger at all costs, but they are doing themselves a disservice if they don't strengthen that finger and teach it to be coordinated.
A more condensed sheet
Here is the same arrangement, but on just one page. Harder to see the individual tabs, but maybe easier for the backup chords part:
Flat-picking the right way for speed
A lot of beginner guitar players don't "get" the down-up-down-up stroking of flat-picking unless they are shown.
They may hear a song, acquire the guitar tabs, and start to play it, but with every pick stroke going down instead of down then up.
This is too slow, of course.
Not just fun - but excellent technique practice
So Devil's Dream, with almost the entire melody made up of eighth notes, is perfect for polishing that down-up-down-up technique.
- Quarter notes = down;
- 2 eighth notes in a row are down-up.
- A dotted quarter followed by an eighth will be a long down, then an up.
And another challenging bit
A very fun but tricky part comes in measures 4, 13, and 14, with the Bm chords.
Some arrangements have the player lift the finger off string 2 in order to play the note "b" as an open string.
In the first arrangement, I have fingered it on string 3 instead, fret 4, so that the player can just press a Bm chord (or portion thereof) and leave the hand there.
A circular pattern that is fun to master
The pick travels back and forth over the 3 strings in a bouncing fashion that is a lot of fun! Same thing with the A chord in the measures just before the Bm; finger a partial A chord and bounce back and forth across the strings.
Once beginner guitar players have heard Devil's Dream, they just have to have it.
There are lots of little variations on the basic melody, so I won't pretend this version is the final word!
The guitar tabs links:
Download free guitar sheet music Devil's Dream
Download the two-page version of free guitar tabs & fiddle music Devil's Dream
Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church? Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!
Fiddle sheet music for beginners from Scotland "Ale is Dear" arranged for violin trio! This free & EASY ensemble is catchy and fun to play!
Deep in the Heart of Texas, sheet music for piano duet partners. EASY primo and accessible secondo with bouncy chords make this a VERY FUN DUET!
Beginner piano songs for young kids are even EASIER when the tune is familiar, and the words are fun or even silly! "Found a Peanut" fits the bill.
God is So Good lyrics and sheet music, now with two new versions. This simple and sweet hymn is perfect for beginning musicians.
The Ants Go Marching lyrics & sheet music for beginning piano. This lead sheet is EASY to read, with a single melody line and chord symbols. Very fun!
Chopsticks music is easy to play by rote - incorrectly! Sharpen up your students' abilities with duet & solo sheets showing chords & accurate melodies.
Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler's "The Princess Bride" movie soundtrack music is one of the prettiest movie themes ever. Now in the key of Am/C as well as Bm/D!
What Do You Do with a GRUMPY (or Drunken) Sailor, now with an EASY lead sheet! Free printable piano music that may be your student's favorite for a long time!
The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies is an exciting song for your singers! Your piano players will like it too. It is an old song, with a catchy melody easy to learn.
Easy piano sheet music FREE, The Snake Charmer, now with an easier-to-read arrangement just for young, socially distant students! Mysterious-sounding & FUN.
Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the attempted genocide of the Jews in ancient Persia, and the brave young queen who risked her life to change the king's mind and save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theatre production, or a class of Sunday School children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
Sign up for "Take Note!" to see what's new every month.
About the Author
Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.