Essential Tunes

The selection of essential tunes is subjective, if not controversial. Even the categories the tunes are listed in are subject to debate. But the purpose here is to not cause debate, but to guide new players in building a repertoire of common tunes to use at festival and community jam sessions. Because there are often multiple versions of tunes, sometimes in different keys and for different playing levels, you should search the TablEdit archives to find the version appropriate for you. There are almost 3,000 tunes available in the TablEdit archive.

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Essential Tunes
Bluegrass
Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes
Dawg and Newgrass
Old-Time
Jazz and Swing
Waltzes