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“You Sound So Good Playing Good Old Tunes!”
There’s a reason violin players have been learning and performing certain tunes for decades, even centuries. They help you sound good. They’re not beyond the skills of an advancing beginner – but they let you have fun as you master melody, rhythm, harmony, and the basics of sounding good.
Let’s boost your repertoire and improve your sound.
Free up your musicianship with time-tested tunes that sound even better as you add your creative touches. Good Old Tunes collections are for people who have started playing violin or fiddle as adults. You’ll be able to launch into this collection of songs with confidence – because all arrangements are in easy-to-play keys and first position.
Why Guitar Chord Diagrams and Sing-Along Lyrics?
Because you’ll be learning songs that are exactly right for sessions, recitals, community gatherings, celebrations, festivals, and senior get-togethers. Guitar players (even beginners) and singers will want to gather around and join in on many of these familiar tunes. Be the player who can suggest an easy-to-work-up tune for any performance.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have purchased Frontier Favorites VIOLIN DUETS Volume 1 from Good Old Tunes, you already own all these tunes, harmonized for two violins.
Contents: Boil That Cabbage Down * Oh, Susanna * Red River Valley * Old Dan Tucker * Sweet Betsy From Pike * Billy Boy * Oh My Darling Clementine * Aura Lea * Home on the Range * Shoo, Fly! Don’t Bother Me * Wildwood Flower * Hard Times, Come Again No More * Lorena * Beautiful Dreamer * The Water is Wide * Green Grow the Lilacs * The Riddle Song * My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean * Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms * The Fox * Barbara Allen * Shall We Gather at the River?
Sparkling Carols for Your Harp
Even on a smaller harp with no levers, you can bring that special sound of Christmas harp music into your home.
Nineteen Christmas favorites, perfect for recital, home, church, and community gatherings and parties.
No sharps, no flats; just clever harmonizations of familiar carols for advancing beginners. All melodies can be played on lap harps and hand-held folk harps with as few as 15 strings – and most of the full harmonies will fit these smaller harps, too!
Lyrics included for the full Christmas Carol experience
Bonus: This easy music sounds great on piano, too!
Contents: Christmas is Coming! * Away in a Manger * Silent Night * Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella * Come, All Ye Shepherds * Deck the Hall * Ding, Dong! Merrily on High * Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains * The First Noel * Go, Tell It On the Mountain * Jingle Bells * Hey, Ho! Anybody Home? * The Holly and the Ivy * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) * Up on the Housetop * We Wish You a Merry Christmas * Auld Lang Syne * The Friendly Beasts
Heart-warming Carols, Delightfully Harmonized
Whether you are just starting to play melody lines or you are advancing into adding harmony and chords, these 19 classic Christmas carols will sound wonderful on your folk harp.
Perfect for recital, home and community gatherings, and church worship, these sparkling arrangements enhance the beauty of these carols chosen especially for 26-string non-levered harp in C-tuning.
Every melody can be played on even smaller lap harps and folk harps, and many of the harmonies will fit tiny harps. For example, “We Three Kings” can be played in full three-part harmony on a 15-string lap harp.
And it sounds heavenly.
Bonus: You can play these on keyboards, too.
Lyrics are included, to help you keep your place in the music – and because they belong in the Spirit of Christmas!
Contents: As I Sat on a Sunny Bank (I Saw Three Ships) * Still, Still, Still * Carol of the Bells * Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * O Come, O Come Emmanuel * Of the Father’s Love Begotten * O Come, Little Children * We Three Kings of Orient Are * Good King Wenceslas * Once in Royal David’s City * O Come, All Ye Faithful * Infant Holy, Infant Lowly * Joy to the World * See, Amid the Winter’s Snow * Angels We Have Heard on High * Christmas Morn is Come Again * Angels from the Realms of Glory
Sacred Music for Simple Harps
Whether you’re just starting to play melody lines, or you are advancing into adding harmony and chords, you’ll love these 19 Christian hymns for the smaller, unlevered harp tuned in C.
Join in the tradition of harpers, who for thousands of years have been lifting spirits, soothing suffering, and helping listeners praise the Lord in song,
Specifically arranged for 26-string harps but includes tips on how to adapt these arrangements for harps with fewer strings, including smaller folk harps, lap harps and hand-held harps.
BONUS: These arrangements also sound wonderful on piano.
Contents: Blessed Assurance * Faith of Our Fathers * I Love to Tell the Story * O, How I Love Jesus * When I Survey the Wondrous Cross * Great is Thy Faithfulness * What a Friend We Have in Jesus * There is a Green Hill Far Away * Blessed Be the Tie That Binds * Come, We That Love the Lord * Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing * Did You Think to Pray? * God Speed the Right * Holy, Holy, Holy * Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me * Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us * Shall We Gather at the River? * God Moves in a Mysterious Way * Sunshine in My Soul
Your Patriotic Set List
Originally published in 2020 as a set list for the Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day celebrations and visits to Veterans Homes and other gatherings of senior Americans. Little did I imagine what this vulnerable population and their caregivers would experience and suffer that year. This volume is dedicated to the men and women of America whose lives of service and sacrifice have blessed us all. And to everyone who has found ways to creatively bring music, encouragement, and gratitude to them.
Bonus Sing-Along Lyrics and Accompaniment
Many songs include sing-along lyrics. Full lyrics and piano accompaniment for “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”
Contents: America the Beautiful * The Star-Spangled Banner * Anchors Aweigh * The Army Goes Rolling Along * The Marines’ Hymn * Semper Paratus (The Coast Guard March) * The U. S. Air Force (Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder) * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * American Patrol * Eternal Father, Strong to Save * America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)
Love the sound of a gypsy violin? Or the schmaltz of those love-themes you hear as violins play in old movies, or on gramophones? Need a performance set for an old-fashioned wedding, anniversary celebration, or a romantic Valentine's Day? Here are love songs that have stayed in the violin repertoire for more than a century, because they play to the violin's strength at expressing strong emotion.
This is the first in a series of books we’re calling “Violin Vignettes.” Each will be a slim volume of 10 to 12 selections that you can be play as Solos, or Duets, or in violin ensembles. Stand-out melody lines and two-part harmony. No accompaniment or backing tracks needed.
“Love Songs of Long Ago” is a hand-picked collection of twelve romantic songs from the late 19th and early 20th century, with just the right combination of that distinctive romantic solo violin sound, yet also sound wonderful in two-part harmony.
Good Old Tunes publishes for advancing adult beginners of violin and fiddle – no matter where you are in your musical ability. That’s why all these arrangements are written in keys that are easy to read and play. And can all be played in first position.
Where possible, lyrics have been included, for a clue to the powerful emotional effects and enduring popularity of these songs. Importantly, lyrics can suggest ways to express dynamics, tempo, and articulation of phrases.
For example, the song “You Made Me Love You” started out as a bouncy ragtime number belted by Al Jolson in 1913; but thanks to a teenaged Judy Garland crooning it to a photo of Clark Gable in a 1938 film, today’s musicians usually treat this ageless classic as a sultry torch song.
And the wedding anthem, "Because," made famous by Mario Lanza, has been reimagined as a wedding waltz for the bride and groom.
But you don't have to be a performer to enjoy learning and playing and sharing these songs.
So, as with every Good Old Tunes collection, we encourage you to make these songs your own.
★Contents: Gypsy Love Song * Fascination Waltz * They Didn't Believe Me * If You Were the Only Girl in the World * You Made Me Love You * Because (As a Wedding Waltz) * Kiss Me Again * I'm Falling in Love with Someone * When You and I Were Young, Maggie * Let the Rest of the World Go By * In the Gloaming, Oh My Darling * Ochi Chornye (Dark Eyes).
Relaxing, Soothing Harp Music
For the un-levered, smaller folk harp – 19 graceful melodies, beautifully harmonized for the advancing beginner and intermediate player.
Barbara Allen * All Through the Night * Annie Laurie * The Ash Grove * Aura Lea * Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair * Down in the Valley * Emperor Waltz (Strauss) * Goin’ Home – Theme from New World Symphony (Dvorak) * Greensleeves * Lullaby (Brahms) * The Riddle Song - “I Gave My Love a Cherry” * Scarborough Fair * Simple Gifts * Song Without Words – from Second Suite in F (Holst) * Theme from First Symphony (Brahms) * The Water is Wide * Wayfaring Stranger
Even the simplest harp will sound heavenly.
Finally, for the smaller, unlevered harp tuned in C, a book of 19 hymns perfect for Music Therapy, Hospice Ministries, and personal and group devotion.
You will find a variety of music among these primarily Christian hymns: Irish and Scottish folk melodies, traditional American Spirituals and Gospel songs, haunting melodies, and familiar songs of hope, faith, and love.
Expertly harmonized for the advancing beginner, so even the simplest harps will sound professional and enhance the sacred message of these hymns.
• Morning Has Broken
• Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
• Amazing Grace
• It is Well With My Soul
• Sweet Hour of Prayer
• Nearer, My God, to Thee
• His Voice as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet
• How Can I Keep From Singing?
• Be Thou My Vision
• His Eye is on the Sparrow
• The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare
• There is a Balm in Gilead
• Peace Like a River
• Abide With Me!
• When There's Love at Home
• Be Still, My Soul
• I Need Thee Every Hour
• Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide
•God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Easy-to-Read Irish Harp Music
For the un-levered, smaller folk harp tuned to the C scale - 19 of the most lovely Irish airs, jigs, ballads, polkas, and even a hornpipe and a sea chanty - beautifully harmonized for the advancing beginner and intermediate player.
• Large Notes, Easy to Read
• No Special Tuning, Levers or Pedals
• Includes instruction on how to adapt to any size of harp - even lap harp
Your Perfect Irish Music Set List
★Bonus: These arrangements can also be played on Piano, Accordion, and Concertina. The melodies can be played on tin whistle and fiddle, mandolin, etc.
Contents: Rue and Thyme * Londonderry Air * Molly Malone * The Star of the County Down * South Wind * Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan) * Bind Mary (O'Carolan) * The Road to Lisdoonvarna * I Love Thee No More * The Lilting Banshee * The Rakes of Mallo * My Own Heart's Delight * Off to Sea Once More * The Minstrel Boy * Swallowtail Jig * My Darling Asleep * The Piper's Wife * Down by the Sally Gardens * The Boys of Bluehill
Easy Scottish Music for Harp
For the un-levered, smaller folk harp tuned to the C scale - 19 Scottish favorites beautifully harmonized for the advancing beginner and intermediate player.
• Slim, full-sized paperback easily creases to lie flat on music stand.
• Large Notes, No Page Turns
• No special tuning, levers or pedals needed to play in Major, Minor and Modal keys
Contents: Ae Fond Kiss * Arran Boat Song * A Rosebud by My Early Walk (The Shepherd’s Wife) * Comin’ Thro the Rye * The Baron of Brackley * The Bluebells of Scotland * Captain Campbell * Farewell to Whiskey (The Flying Scotsman) * Green Grow the Rashes * Jock o’ Hazeldean * John Anderson, My Jo * Loch Lomand * Mari’s Wedding * The Milking Song (Arrane Ben-Vlieaun) * My Love is Like a Red, Red, Rose * The Skye Boat Song * Wild Mountain Thyme * Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon * Niel Gow’s Lament on the Death of His Second Wife
A little giraffe learns it's okay to be different - because it's okay to be himself.
You'll love reading this story over and over - just to see the cute and clever costumes the giraffe's friends and family come up with as they try to get him to laugh. Older children and adults will enjoy the humor, too.
More than 30 original poems your family will enjoy for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day; and many other holidays throughout the year.
Turn of the Year
Dream of a Promised Land
Do You Love Me?
(from Fun Time Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Poems of Work and Play)
My Lucky Leprechaun
No Matter What the Groundhog Saw
First Day of Swimming
Summer Bird Calls
(from Bedtime Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Quiet Poems for the End of the Day)
On the Fourth of July
The Lightning Show
Last Day of Summer Walk
Halloween is Coming Soon
Trick or Treat
When Will It Be Winter?
Mrs. Santa’s Night Before Christmas
Carol of the Mice
(From Mrs. Middlejoy and the Minister’s Cat)
Christmas Morning in Our House
The Old Year Cake on New Year’s Eve
Staying Up on New Year’s Eve
One More Year-Round Rhyme
(Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17)
MY LUCKY LEPRECHAUN
I dreamed I heard a leprechaun
Just before I woke
The morning of Saint Patrick’s Day
And this is what he spoke:
“I’m from the hills of Ireland,
A magic land of green
Where shamrocks grow on river banks
And rainbows can be seen.
‘Tis said at every rainbow’s end
There lies a pot of gold,
But it’s always in the distance,
Something you can never hold.
“Unless you know a leprechaun!
And then, he’ll let you keep
The lucky gold to dream with
Every time you fall asleep.
“So on this fair Saint Patrick’s Day
Remember, and take heart.
For now you know a leprechaun
And your good luck will start!”
I woke and sat up straight in bed.
And through my windowpane
I saw a shining rainbow through
A sparkling morning rain.
Far out in the distance
I could see the rainbow’s end.
And I’ve never lost that golden dream
Or the leprechaun, my friend!