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Family Tradition Songbook

  • Sixth Edition
  • Pages: 121
  • Size: 8.5″×11″×.4″
  • Binding: paperback

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The Family Tradition Songbook features the lyrics and chords to 350 songs from the American roots music tradition, the source spring of old-time and bluegrass music. There are slow songs, fast songs, ballads, hymns, and more.

We use what's sometimes called the “Nashville Numbering System” (or the “1-4-5 system”) for chord changes. This makes it trivial to play any song in any key. The book explains how to use it.

Those numbers in the top-right corner are the first, highest, and lowest tones in the song. The first tone helps know where to start when singing or playing the melody. The high and low tones tell you the “range” of the melody you'll be singing and/or picking. Using the simple method explained in our book, you can use this information to find the optimum key in which to sing a particular song, just by counting on your fingers!

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Hundreds of Song Clips
  Listen to them for free!

Our minute-long Song Clips are optimized to help you learn the melody, words, and qualities that give each song its unique 'soul'. Three hundred and sixty songs have been recorded—that's more than are in the book!

You don't even need to buy our book to use this resource. Just head over to our songs section and click on a song. Notice the "break" at the end of each song: these are there to give you a chance to try singing the song by yourself, or to practice playing melodies on your instrument.

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The Family Tradition Songbook and ToneWay Music Method is a reference guide, not a learning manual. Thus, the guarantee—that the ToneWay Method will help you to play, regardless of experience—does not apply, because if you don't already play, this is probably not the book you should be purchasing. Instead, you'd be better off with Get Started, which is guaranteed to work, or your money back.

Complete Song List

  • Adieu To Cold Weather
  • Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
  • Alabama Bound
  • All The Good Times Are Past And Gone
  • Amazing Grace
  • Anchored In Love
  • Angel Band
  • Are You Tired Of Me My Darling
  • Are You Washed In The Blood
  • Banjo Picking Girl
  • Banks Of The Ohio
  • Beautiful Beautiful Brown Eyes
  • Beautiful Isle O’er The Sea
  • Beautiful Life
  • Bible In The Cabin By The Sea
  • Big Ball In Boston
  • Blue-eyed Boston Boy
  • Black Eyed Susie
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
  • Boll Weevil
  • Bonnie Blue Eyes
  • Bound To Ride
  • Brakeman’s Blues
  • Bravest Cowboy
  • Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy
  • Bring Back To Me My Wandering Boy
  • Broken Down Tramp
  • Broken Hearted Lover
  • Brown’s Ferry Blues
  • Building On That Rock
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow
  • Careless Love
  • Church In The Wildwood
  • Cindy
  • Cluck Old Hen
  • Coal Miner’s Blues
  • Columbus Stockade Blues
  • Come Home
  • Corrina
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Country Blues
  • Cowboy Jack
  • Crawdad Song
  • Cripple Creek
  • Cuckoo Bird
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Dark And Stormy Weather
  • Darling Alalee
  • Darling Cory
  • Darling Little Joe
  • Darling Nelly Gray
  • Death Is Only A Dream
  • Deep Elem Blues
  • Deep River Blues
  • Diamond Joe
  • Distant Land To Roam
  • Do You Call That Religion
  • Don’t Go Out Tonight Little Darling
  • Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
  • Don’t This Road Look Rough
  • Down Among The Budded Roses
  • Down In The Valley
  • Down In The Willow Garden
  • Down The Road
  • Dream Of A Miner’s Child
  • Drifting Too Far From The Shore
  • Drinking From The Fountain
  • Drunkard’s Dream
  • Drunkard’s Hell
  • Dying Boy’s Prayer
  • East Virginia
  • Engine One-forty-three
  • Everybody Will Be Happy Over There
  • Faded Coat Of Blue
  • Fair And Tender Ladies
  • Farther Along
  • Fatal Wedding
  • Few More Years
  • Foggy Mountain Top
  • Footprints In The Snow
  • Forsaken Love
  • Gathering Flowers From The Hillside
  • Gathering Up The Shells From The Seashore
  • Girl I Loved In Sunny Tennessee
  • Girl On The Greenbriar Shore
  • Girl I Left Behind
  • Give Me The Roses
  • Glory-land Way
  • Glory To The Lamb
  • God’s Gonna Ease My Troublin’ Mind
  • God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign
  • Goin’ Across The Mountain
  • Going To Georgia
  • Golden Vanity
  • Gold Watch And Chain
  • Gospel Plow (pre-Civil War slave song)
  • Gospel Ship
  • Grave On The Green Hillside
  • Green Pastures
  • Ground Hog
  • Hand In Hand With Jesus
  • Hallelujah Side
  • Happy Or Lonesome
  • Handsome Molly
  • Hard Times Come Again No More
  • Have Thine Own Way
  • He Is Coming To Us Dead
  • Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me
  • Hear Jerusalem Moan
  • Hello Central, Give Me Heaven
  • Hesitation Blues
  • Hills Of Roan County
  • Hold Fast To The Right
  • Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand
  • Honey Babe Blues
  • Honey In The Rock
  • Hot Corn, Cold Corn
  • I Am A Pilgrim
  • I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart
  • I Have No One To Love Me (But The Sailor On / Sea)
  • I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer
  • I Loved You Better Than You Knew
  • I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground
  • I Never Will Marry
  • I Wouldn’t Mind Dying
  • I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home
  • I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight
  • I’ll Be No Stranger There
  • I’ll Be Rested
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • I’ll Remember You Love In My Prayers
  • I’m Gonna Eat At The Welcome Table
  • I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
  • I’m Troubled
  • I’ve Been All Around This World
  • In The Pines
  • Irene
  • Jacob’s Vision
  • Jealous Lover
  • Jesse James
  • Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
  • Jimmie Brown The Newsboy
  • John Hardy
  • John Henry
  • Johnson Boys
  • Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  • Just Over In The Glory Land
  • Katy Dear
  • Katie Cline
  • Keep My Skillet Good And Greasy
  • Keep On The Sunny Side
  • Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
  • Kneel At The Cross
  • Knoxville Girl
  • Late Last Night
  • Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
  • Let The Church Roll On
  • Letter Edged In Black
  • Little Bennie
  • Little Bessie
  • Little birdie
  • Little Black Train
  • Little Log Cabin In The Lane
  • Little Maggie
  • Little Orphan Girl
  • Life’s Railway To Heaven
  • Little Rosewood Casket
  • Little Sadie
  • Little White Church
  • Little Whitewashed Chimney
  • Little Willie
  • Liza Jane
  • Lone Pilgrim
  • Lonely Tombs
  • Lonesome Road Blues
  • Lonesome Valley
  • Long Journey Home
  • Longing For Old Virginia
  • Look Away From The Cross
  • Lord I’m Coming Home
  • Lost John
  • Lover’s Farewell
  • Lover’s Quarrel
  • Lover’s Return
  • Lulu Walls
  • Mama Don’t ‘Low
  • Man Of Constant Sorrow
  • Maple On The Hill
  • Mary Of The Wild Moor
  • May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight
  • Meet Me By The Moonlight
  • Meeting In The Air
  • Midnight On The Stormy Deep
  • Mid The Green Fields Of Virginia
  • Model Church
  • Molly And Tenbrooks
  • Moonshiner
  • More Pretty Girls Than One
  • Motherless Children
  • Mountain Dew
  • Mule Skinner Blues
  • My Clinch Mountain Home
  • My Dixie Darling
  • My Home’s Across Blue Ridge Mountains
  • My Lovin’ Gal Lucille
  • My Native Home
  • My Old Cottage Home
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • Nearer My God To Thee
  • Never No Mo’ Blues
  • New River Train
  • Nine Hundred Miles
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • Nobody’s Darling On Earth
  • Oh Death
  • Oh, Susanna
  • Old Black Joe
  • Old Account Settled
  • Old Folks At Home
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Old Man At The Mill
  • Old Rugged Cross
  • Omie Wise
  • On A Hill Lone And Gray
  • On My Way To Canaan’s Land
  • On The Banks Of Old Tennessee
  • On The Rock Where Moses Stood
  • On Top Of Old Smoky
  • One Little Word
  • Over The Hills To The Poorhouse
  • Pallet On Your Floor
  • Palms Of Victory
  • Pass Me Not
  • Paul And Silas
  • Peg And Awl
  • Picture On The Wall
  • Pictures From The Far Side Of Life
  • Pig In A Pen
  • Poor Ellen Smith
  • Precious Memories
  • Pretty Little Miss
  • Pretty Polly
  • Put My Little Shoes Away
  • Rabbit In The Log
  • Rain And Snow
  • Raleigh And Spencer
  • Red River Valley
  • Red Rockin’ Chair
  • Reuben’s Train
  • Richmond Blues
  • Riddle Song
  • Rocky Island
  • Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  • Roll On Buddy, Roll On
  • Roving Gambler
  • Run Mountain
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Sad And Lonesome
  • Sail Away Ladies
  • Sailor Boy
  • Sal Got A Meatskin
  • Sally Ann
  • Salty Dog
  • Saro Jane
  • See That My Grave Is Kept Green
  • Seeing Nelly Home
  • Shady Grove
  • Shake Hands With Mother Again
  • She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round The Mountain
  • Short Life Of Trouble
  • Short’nin’ Bread
  • Shoutin’ On The Hills Of Glory
  • Shut Up In The Mines Of Coal Creek
  • Single Girl
  • Sittin’ On Top Of The World
  • Six Months Ain’t Long
  • Sleepy Eyed John
  • Snow Dove
  • Sow ‘Em On The Mountain
  • Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  • Stackerlee
  • Stepstone
  • Storms Are On The Ocean
  • Sunny Side Of Life
  • Sweeping Through The Gates
  • Sweet Fern
  • Sweet Sunny South
  • Sweet Thing
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • T for Texas
  • T.B. Blues
  • Take Me Home
  • Take This Hammer
  • There’s No Hiding Place
  • There’ll Be No Distinction There
  • They Call Her Mother
  • This World Is Not My Home
  • Tom Dooley
  • Tragic Romance
  • Train Forty Five
  • Train That Carried My Girl From Town
  • Two Coats
  • Uncle Ned
  • Uncle Joe
  • Unclouded Day
  • Unquiet Grave
  • Wabash Cannon Ball
  • Walk In Jerusalem
  • Walking In The King’s Highway
  • Water Bound
  • Watermelon On The Vine
  • Waves On The Sea
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • We Shall Rise
  • Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
  • What Does The Deep Sea Say
  • What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul
  • When He Reached Down His Hand For Me
  • When I Lay My Burden Down
  • When The Bees Are In The Hive
  • Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies
  • When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  • When The Roses Come Again
  • When They Ring The Golden Bells
  • When You And I Were Young, Maggie
  • Where We’ll Never Grow Old
  • Whispering Hope
  • White House Blues
  • Who Will Sing For Me
  • Who’s Going Down To Town
  • Who’s That Knocking On My Window
  • Wild Bill Jones
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Will My Mother Know Me There
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  • Will The Roses Bloom In Heaven
  • Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown
  • Will You Miss Me
  • Wind And Rain
  • Working On A Building
  • Worried Man Blues
  • Wreck Of The Old 97
  • You Are My Flower
  • You’re A Flower In The Wildwood
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • You’ve Got To Righten That Wrong
  • Your Mother Still Prays (For You Jack)