American & Country Music Tune Book: Songbook

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Although much of the traditional music of the American South has long been sustained through oral tradition, tunebooks have also helped to shape the repertoire. This collection incorporates tunes from a broad variety of sources. Ballads, old-time fiddle tunes, work songs, play songs, hymns and spirituals, rags, and blues all find their place here as well as traditional material preformed by groups from Charlie Poole's North Carolina Ramblers and Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers to Cliff Carlisle tunes and western swing as recorded by Bob Willis and Milton Brown. The transcriptions here are designed to be as clear and easy-to-read as possible, conveying not the minute details of the original performance, but all the information needed to play the tune. Most of the 118 tunes are presented as melody lines in standard notation with lyrics and chord symbols. These cheat sheets are meant to serve as a starting point for the performance of this music. This book constitutes a significant resource for both instruction and performance.

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