The bold, black notes and numbers in the diagrams below show which Major scale notes and scale degrees (do, re, mi...) make up each melody. 

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
B

This tune, like these other fiddle tunes, has a lot of room left to your personal interpretation.  Find a couple versions of this song that you like, and then think strongly about investing in some "slow-down" software like the Amazing Slow Downer.  I literally could not have figured out any of these tunes without a slow-down program like that!

Billy in the Lowground: Backing Tracks in C Major

Billy in the Lowground (in C Major)
Pick a reasonable tempo for you & build speed!

These fiddle tunes have been on a list for me to work on for
a long time, so I put these here for me, and all of you who
are working on the same thing.  Good luck building speed!

Billy in the Lowground Chord Progression

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C MajorIC, E, G
F MajorIVF, A, C
G Major
V
G, B, D
A minorviA, C, E

    See these scales with a Fretboard Toolbox:​

  • Use page 19 of any Complete Edition
  • Use pages 11-14 of any Essential Edition
A Part (2x)I
III

vi
vivivi

I
III

vi
viVI
B Part (2x)IIII

IV
IVIVIV

IIII

viviVI

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  • Billy in C 20pct7:10
  • Billy in C 30pct5:57
  • Billy in C 40pct5:02
  • Billy in C 50pct4:26
  • Billy in C 60pct3:57
  • Billy in C 70pct3:33
  • Billy in C 80pct3:13
  • Billy in C 90pct2:58
  • Billy in C 100pct2:44
  • Billy in C 110pct2:32
  • Billy in C 120pct2:22
  • Billy in C 130pct2:12