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

A Part (2x)I
III

vi
vivivi

I
III

vi
viVI
B Part (2x)IIII

IV
IVIVIV

IIII

viviVI

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
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

  • 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

Billy in the Lowground: Backing Tracks in C Major

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

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!

Click here to purchase TAB for Guitar and Mandolin for this track.


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