Much of my website is geared towards learning traditional “fiddle tunes” from various regions and cultures of the world. There are more tunes out there than I could possibly ever learn, much less teach, and there are several great resources dedicated to making those tunes available to listen to and learn.

Free Online Tune Libraries

The Session (Mainly Irish)
The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes (Old Time) (Audio Only)
Mandozine Tab Archive (Mixed Genre) (Requires free TEFview software)
Mandolin Cafe Tab Archive (Mixed Genre)
O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland Online (Irish)
IdentitAIRS Québécois (Quebec)
IMSLP Petrucci Music Library (Classical)
The Digital Realbook (Jazz, Chords Only)

Recommended Tune Books

O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland (Irish)
Fiddler’s Fakebook (Mixed Genre)
New England Fiddler’s Repertoire (Mixed Genre)
The Real Book (Jazz)

The Portland Collection (Mixed Genre)
Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three

The Waltz Books (All Waltzes, Mixed Genre)
Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three
Volume Four

Slow Downer Software

I spend a lot of time learning tunes from recordings, and one invaluable piece of software I have come to love is one that will slow down music without affecting the pitch. There are several ways to do this:

Tune Transcriber (Free, Online)
Audacity (Free)
Transcribe! (Paid)
Amazing Slowdowner (Paid)