Family Tradition Songbook
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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!
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.
Compare with our other books:
|Get Started Plus:
Core Songs Edition
|Big Print Songs|
|Instruments covered||Six||Six + ukes||-||-|
|Learn to play in any key||-||-|
|Access to online videos||-||-|
|Starts from square one||Pretty much.||-||-|
|ToneWay Notation incl.||9 songs||36 songs||-||-|
|Optional Get Started CD||$5||$5||-||-|
|Optional coil binding||-||-|
|Song notes and histories||-||-|
|Big print lyrics & chords||100 songs||36 songs||-||Over 200 songs|
|Small-print lyrics & chords||-||-||350 songs||-|