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Update 6/24/18—-Wordpress is showing a lot of ads at the top of the page.  I guess that’s what I get for using their free version.  I just don’t want to lose people if I have to start charging for the site.  You can use your Page Down key to get to the content fast.

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for the members of our Fiddle Class. Our teacher has been generously teaching a basic and an intermediate free group classes to members of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers for at least the three years I’ve been attending.  I really look forward to our monthly classes and have learned a lot!

Here’s a list of tunes and their sheet music.

Please let me know if you see any tunes I’ve missed entirely.

Also, this is my first time working with a blog.  If there are any people with design sense, send me some ideas about classing up the blog.






  1. Joe, I’m not sure this will work, but here goes. For some time now I’ve been playing along here in Scotland, learning some new tunes and loving the atmosphere of the classes. The videos are a wonderful resource. Attached is a DropBox link to a tune I wrote to say thank you to all the members of the group, for allowing me to play along with you.



    • graveljo says:

      Thank you so much, Peter! Your tune, Oregon Fiddlers’ Waltz, is lovely and I’d like to include it with the class tunes. Is that okay?
      We’ve recorded a version on piano if you’d like to hear it.

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying playing with us,


    • Alison Bell says:

      Hello District 6 – Alison here from Australia. Can someone tell me what is going on with this website – from here it is now riddled with advertisements and difficult to navigate cleanly. Is there any maintenance or anyone who is caring for this site?? I love your videos, I love your PDF tunes and I have learned so much watching you all play together. PLEASE can someone fix this sit or tell me where you all are now in cyber world. cheers, Alison from Brisbane, Australia (where there is a small but healthy following for Old Timey American tunes!)


      • graveljo says:

        Hi Alison,

        I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I’ve had some health issues and I’ve even been missing classes. I try to get back to it when I’m feeling better.

        Is great to hear your enjoying this project. Wish you all the best on this journey you’ve begun.

        Sorry WordPress is sticking in so many adds on the pages. I don’t want to charge people to access the site and I’m sticking with their free plan. I know it’s a pain, but if you remember to page down you’ll see the actual contents of the blog. I’ll try to put an instruction to that point at the top of the page. I’m in no way a techie, so it’s been fun learning how to blog.



      • Alison says:

        Hi Joe, thanks so much for your reply, what a lovely surprise it was to log on and see your response. OK, I see where you are coming from and keeping the site accessible and free to all – well, I certainly support that! Yours in BG 🙂 Alison


  2. Sherri Collister McDowell says:

    Hi I joined OOTFA in April. Because I live in Oakridge, 45 minutes away, I can’t come to the classes all the time. This blog is a great tool for me to still be able to learn. I open one window with the music notation and then the video if there is one. So I have two open windows and can see both the video and the notation! It is a huge help to me. Thanks for all of your hard work to help everyone learn who wants to!


  3. When and Where are these monthly classes held? I’d like to sign up. Thanks!


  4. Sharon Long says:

    Hello, from WV. My 12 year old daughter takes old time fiddle lessons. We’ve found many of the songs she’s learning on you YouTube page. I’m wondering if you have done or could do a video for a song called Briar Picker Brown?


    • graveljo says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I’ve got three sites that I use when I’m looking for sheet music. If it’s Celtic I use the site thesession.org

      The second site I use is folktunefinder.com
      I like the feature where I can enter the starting notes of a tune whose I don’t know.

      The problem with both these web sites is that the time may not show up at the top of the search results and I have to search multiple pages to find it.

      The third, which is where I found Briar Picker Brown, is
      When you do find results you’ll need to click the PDF or GIF field to see regular sheet music.

      Is a great skill to learn to transcribe what you hear into sheet music. There are apps, like Audacity, that will allow songs down so you can hear what’s being played. I haven’t looked, but there must be some good web sites that will teach you to write music.

      Hope that helps,


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