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Tracking tunes learned.
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January 14, 2014 - 9:39 pm
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I've been keeping a list of tunes that I can play by heart. This is part of my effort to learn by ear and memorize tunes, reducing and/or eliminating my reliance on sheet music.

I have to say that this effort is going very well (or at least better than I expected) and I'm finding it easier and easier to learn by ear and memorize as I learn more tunes.

Keeping a list prevents me from losing track of tunes learned, which would be all too easy as new tunes are added. It also helps me focus my practice sessions.

I thought that if I post my list here it will provide me with motivation to add to it, and maybe others will want to share their lists, too.

So, feel free to post your own repertoire report here. I'll post updates as time goes on.

Here's my list to date:

Fiddle tunes:

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Angeline The Baker
  3. Ash Grove (traditional Welsh folk song)
  4. Cluck Old Hen
  5. Cotton Eye Joe
  6. Danny Boy/Londonderry Air
  7. Eternal Friendship
  8. Flowers of Edinburgh
  9. Irish Washer Woman
  10. Josefin's Waltz
  11. The New Broom Barndance
  12. Old Joe Clark
  13. O Shenandoah
  14. Red Haired Boy
  15. Red Wing
  16. The Road to Boston
  17. The Road to Lisdoonvarna
  18. Soldier's Joy
  19. Star of the County Down
  20. Swallowtail Jig
  21. Tennessee Waltz
  22. Turkey in the Straw
  23. The World Turned Upside Down

Christmas carols:

  • O Christmas Tree
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Joy to the World
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Silent Night

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.


January 14, 2014 - 9:55 pm
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I have no list > I sadly say. I am always trying to have one but I have no list. It changes day to day. Tonight it was Will that Circle song > I love that song.


January 15, 2014 - 10:52 am
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My thoughts also!!!

My list:

Angeline Baker


Soldier's Joy

Turkey In The Straw

Simple Gifts

Will the Circle be Unbroken

For These Are My Mountains

I'll Fly Away

Suzuki book 1 up to including Etude

Christmas:  He Is Born, Once in Royal David's City, Come All Ye Shepherds, I Saw Three Ships

There are a few songs that I start out by reading the music and then realize I have no idea where I am on the sheet.  I am playing from memory and by sound - really fun when I realize it.  But then when my focus goes back to the sheet I go blank!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.


January 16, 2014 - 9:13 pm
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To be able to play so many songs is surely a SWEET thing.

January 16, 2014 - 9:34 pm
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I agree with @StoneDog.  I'm looking forward to building a repetoire beyong twinkle twinkle :)

Blogging my beginner journey and progress...Diary of a Fumbling New Violinist:  http://learningviolin.ca/

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January 17, 2014 - 2:13 am
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Great Lists Everyone.

I don't have a current list but here are some of the songs I know  by heart:..some might need "refreshing"   But I could play them pretty well (well as far as knowing the notes...) with 5 or 10 minute prep. Some would need a bit more time to refresh, but at one time or another I could just play them without sheet.  So here is the list of what I call my Dong Songs (long story).. :)

Amazing Grace

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Godfather Theme

Sad Romance

Star of the County Down

Swallowtail Jig

Scarborough  Fair

Frosty the Snowman

O Holy Night

Silent Night / Two Keys

Happy Birthday

Brahms Lullaby

Red River Valley

Ode to Joy

Star Spangled Banner

A Time for Us


The First Noel

A Time for Us (Theme from Titanic, haven't played this one in a while...would take a bit to refresh)



** I know some more Christmas Songs, I mostly play from memory but have the sheet on my stand

O Christmas Tree

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O Come all Ye Faithful

Jingle Bells

Upcoming Songs:

Minuet, Bach Essentials one book

Yesterday (Lennon and McCartney)

Imagine (Lennon)

Flowers of Edenburgh

Hedwig's Theme

and many more keep popping up.

Anyone just starting out.... get excited... get real excited, practice, practice, learn from the forums and chat on the   chatbox, and  you will just fly through a couple years and have Dong Songs..and more. WOOT WOOT

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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