Tunes from the last several years of camp, and the current year, are available below the “Tunes” menu, and no password is necessary to access them. Don’t worry about learning these tunes, they are not a major focus at camp and you’re not expected to know any or all of them by the time camp rolls around. However, we WILL play some of them together on the first evening, at the evening dances, and during jam sessions. These tunes are just a bonus for being a Maine Fiddle Camper and an attempt to preserve and provide a common repertoire of traditional tunes.
Don’t panic, we won’t be using sheet music during camp, although some instructors will be bringing their own materials and tunes to teach. Emphasis is on learning and playing by ear, and we will happily continue to play many of the great tunes that have been so popular over the years.
We usually post a normal speed (MP3) version of the tune and the sheet music (PDF), many tunes also have a slow version (MP3) to assist in learning the tune by ear.
Click HERE for a dropbox version of all the tunes.
This index is based on Peter Yarensky and Emeline Dehn-Reynolds’ collections of Maine Fiddle Camp yearly tune sets distributed first as sheet music, then on a CD, and currently on the MFC web site. It is complete from 2001 to 2018, with at least two or three years worth of earlier sheet music that was undated. There are two sheets (pages) in the spreadsheet. One contains the Index and only includes the MFC yearly music. The other lists the tunes and how many times each tune shows up in the collection. The count also includes some additional music distributed at the MCDFW and Arcady workshops.
The spreadsheet is available in two forms: as an iWork Numbers spreadsheet (which is what I used to create it) and as an Excel spreadsheet. The two are identical in content but the Numbers version looks better and has better instructions for usage. Please note: if you have a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad, you either have Numbers or can download it for free. If you use something else, it’s still free: all you need is a free Apple ID. If you don’t have one, go to https://support.apple.com/apple-id to learn about it and to https://appleid.apple.com/account to create one. Then go to icloud.com, log in, and you can use the online versions of Numbers and several other good free apps.