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New Release:  Fretmentor's Holiday - Acoustic Christmas Songs For Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin & Fiddle. This collection includes standard music and tablature for banjo, guitar and mandolin (fiddle). 12 songs of Christmas are featured. HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Fretmentor.com.  

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Amazing Grace"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  Amazing Grace is a religious hymn that was first published in 1779.  The song was written by John Newton, an English poet and clergyman. This song is one of the most famous folk tunes and is performed and recorded annually by many choral groups and performers.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Arkansas Traveler"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  The song "Arkansas Traveler" is a popular and one of the best known American fiddle tunes that originated from a play or story dating to 1850 in Salem, Ohio1.  The play features an Arkansas Traveler who becomes acquainted with a squatter who is playing the fiddle.  The squatter has trouble remembering the second part of the fiddle tune and it is the Arkansas Traveler that helps him with the second part.  Many credit Colonel Sandford C. Faulkner with the words and music.

1The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs

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Available for download are articles written by Fretmentor and published in the monthly Banjo Newsletter magazine.
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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Billy in the Low Ground"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  The origin of the song Billy in the Low Ground" is

HISTORY PENDING

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Tablatures, lesson plans, forms, and multi-media files are available to members of Fretmentor's Bluegrass Class.
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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Boil Them Cabbage Down"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  The origin of the song Boil Them Cabbage Down is unclear and debatable. This classic American folk tune may have been passed down to the southern states from  African slaves. The tune has alternate references as "Bile Them Cabbage Down" or "Bile Dem Cabbage" or when referred to as a minstrel performance as "Boil Dat Cabbage Down", as documented in Oxford Music Online (See Ministrelsy American). This song is a popular instructional tune for beginners.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Bury Me Beneath The Willow"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  The origin of the song Bury Me Beneath The Willow" may be unknown.  However, many artists from Woody Guthrie, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Monroe Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krause, JD Crowand more have recorded this tune.  This song was made popular by the Carter family, who recorded it in 1927.  A recording by  Henry Whitter was done as early as 1924 but was titled"The Weeping Willow Tree.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Colored Aristocracy"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  This history of the title of this song dates back to the 1800s and is based of a booked called Colored Aristocracy, which was written in the 1850s. The book represented the status of the Black elite in St Louis, Missouri.  The song is a cakewalk number, which was a back satire of the white two-step dances of the period.  The song is believed to be recorded by the Rich family in 1936.  It has been recorded in various keys such as D and G.  Fretmentor's version is in G. 

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Under The Double Eagle"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  Pending Further Research

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Dark Hollow"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  Pending Further Research on this Song

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" in the Key of F.  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues" was recorded by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers on July 25, 1925 in New York City.  The song was a commercial success, with over 100,000 sales at that time.  Charlie Poole was an American old time and country musician.  This song has been recorded by many artists, including the Flying Burrito Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs, and even the Grateful Dead.

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This folder contains standard music notation and tablature for a variety of endings to be used by all instruments (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Fiddle) when performing a song.

 

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This section contains published newspaper articles written by fretmentor or interviews published about fretmentor.
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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "I'll Fly Away".  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  "I'll Fly Away," which was written by Albert E, Brumley in 1929, is a hymn and is one of the most popular recorded gospel music songs.  The hymn has been covered by numerous singers, but usually associated with country, bluegrass and gospel genres. This tune was recently featured in the movie "Brother Where Art Thou".

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "John Hardy"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  Pending Further Research 

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "John Henry" in the Key of G.  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  John Henry is an American folk hero, who worked as a steel driver. A Steel driver's roll was to hammer a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast rock away. He died during the construction of a tunnel for a railroad.  Ballads written about him were recorded by many artists, including Johnny Cash, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seegar, Woody Guthrie, Harry Belefonte, Merle Travis, Bruce Sprinsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis, and mor.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Loch Lomond"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  Loch Lomond is an traditional tune published in 18411. Various performers have recorded this tune. Various stories exist of how it was written with a general view that a Scottish soldier wrote the words while returning to Scotland from war. Fretmentor's version is in the Key of G.

1James J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular and Folk, p. 336.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Lonesome Fiddle Blues"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History: Lonesome Fiddle Blues is credited to the great Vassar Clements and may be considered as a later adaption to the song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia".

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Nine Pound Hammer"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo. 

History:  There are a variety of songs that reference an American folk hero named John Henry, a black man who worked with a 20 lb hammer in his hand.  The song "Nine Pound Hammer," refers to the hammer that killed John Henry.  Charlie Bowman, an old-time fiddler from Appalachia in the 1920s-1950s,  is thought to have written the song Nine Pound Hammer.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Old Joe Clark"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  While the guitar and banjo perform in the Key of G, the mandolin is written in the Key of A.  Both Guitar and Banjo players would capo to the 2nd fret to accomomdate the mandolin and fiddle.

History:  Further Research Pending

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Playing The Blues is an instructional program for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Fiddle.  It includes files in Tef format. 

This instructional program includes a section for each instrument on rhythm, riffs, scales and chords, technique (turnarounds, boogie style, and timing exercises).  Also included are drum & bass (and guitar rhythm) tracks in all keys and two different tempos, allowing you to play along with a backing track.  Five blues tunes are arranged and transcribed for all instruments. Fretmentor also provides a history of blues Part I and provides Frementor Tips along the way.

 

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Shady Grove"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds. 

History:  Shady Grove is an 18th century folk song that has been performed in folk, bluegrass and Celtic genres.  The melody is usually played in minor, yet, the song has been played in major as well.  Fretmentor's version is in the Key of Dm.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Simple Gifts".  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  Simple Gifts is a Shaker tune or more accurately described as a dance song from the 1800s. It was written by Elder Joseph Brackett in 1848, who himself was a Shaker.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Soldier's Joy"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  Pending Further Research

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Under The Double Eagle"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  Austirian Josef Franz Wagner composed this 1899 march, in rerference to the double eagle coat of arms of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire, is also the official regimental march of the First Austrian Regiment #2.  The march was favorite of American composer John Phillip Sousa. The original German title for this composition is  "Unter dem Doppeladler". The American version is entitled Under the Double Eagle.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Wildwood Flower"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  Coming soon will be recordings for all instruments in slow and standard speeds.

History:  While "Wildwood Flower," an American song, is recognized as being recorded and performed by the Carter family, the original title was "I'll Twine 'Mid the Ringlets" and was written in 1860, with words by Maude Irving and music by Joseph Webster (1819-1875). A variety of artists have since adapted the song with their own variations of the composition.

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This folder contains tablature and standard musical notation for the song entitled "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"  Fretmentor's original transcriptions of this piece include tablature for guitar, mandolin (standard notation for fiddle) and banjo.  

History: Pending Further Review

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