Fiddle Tune Rhythm Tracks

The Girl I Left Behind Me (G)


Ideally, you'll learn this simple melody by ear. Many of you will recognize it soon as you hear it. You can find many versions with a simple search online. I'd suggest you start with a clear statement of the vocal melody rather than something that has already been embellished.

Here's a pretty clear version that dates back to 1924:

This recording by Vernon Dalhart provides a simple vocal melody, then you hear how the fiddle embellishes it:

If you want a written version you'll find one here courtesy of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. If you use it, however, please note that where Mickey Abraham uses an Am chord, I am playing a C. His arrangement is more interesting, but what I'm doing is more common.

Rhythm Tracks
A section only, at 80 bpm
B section only, at 80 bpm
A section only, at 116 bpm
B section only, at 116 bpm
A A B B at 132 bpm
A A B B at 168 bpm