Free Irish fiddle sheet music "The Butterfly" in two versions, with chords for guitar or fiddle back-up. This piece for violin is a challenge for beginners, but is a great favorite.
My fiddle-playing daughter was roused from her own violin practice lethargy when she encountered a video of one of the members of Celtic Woman playing this dramatic piece.
She HAD to learn The Butterfly too, so SHE could dance around and swing her hair just like Mairead Nesbitt:
In fact, Mairead Nesbitt's performance was so inspiring to my daughter, that I quickly purchased a Celtic Woman DVD from Amazon which includes this and other favorite performances by Mairead and others in the group!
Here is the free Irish fiddle sheet music... first, the easiest version of The Butterfly:
Though I have called it "easy", it may not be easy for a beginner to play, initially, unless they can hear how the tune is supposed to sound.
And here is the more complicated version of the free Irish fiddle sheet music:
Because this free violin sheet music is traditional (anonymous and part of the traditional folk violin literature), you will find slight variations in every version that you come across.
The chords I use here may not be what you see in some of the other versions.
Mostly, they begin with Em going to Bm, over and over.
I have been using D in place of the Bm chord, primarily because in that way, my younger fiddle students can play an easy drone background as the older, more accomplished players take the melody.
Because not only is this a great solo, but the short version here, if repeated twice (for a total of three times through) makes a powerful group piece!
Recently, our local group went to the Juneau Folk Festival, and this was one of the numbers the kids played. (I was bass player for the gig, very fun!)
Here is how the kids did it:
Fiddler #1 started alone, sliding into the initial note (like a butterfly!).
When she got to part 2, Fiddlers #2 & #3 joined her -- still on the melody.
They played out the melody to the bottom of the page,
then the whole group joined in at the top. That was three guitars, the three fiddlers on melody, two young fiddlers droning, and me on the bass.
It was VERY exciting. I decided to bow instead of pluck the string bass, and it was just the right effect.
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 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.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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