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Fiddling for Viola
Traditional Irish and American Fiddle Tunes Arranged for Viola Sheet Music Book
By Michael H. Hoffheimer

Viola - Intermediate
Traditional Irish and American Fiddle Tunes Arranged for Viola. Composed by Michael H. Hoffheimer. Squareback saddle stitch, Country, Style, Bluegrass, Solos. Folk. Viola solo songbook. With standard notation and introductory text. 88 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #97809. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.97809).

Item Number: MB.97809

ISBN 9780786652457. 8.56x11.75 inches.

Quite possibly the largest collection of fiddle music for viola ever published! Contains a wealth of material for fiddlers seeking a transition to the viola and/or violists in search of a collection of traditional fiddle music. Designed to meet the rising popularity of the viola's role in folk music, the tunes in this book are grouped into C, G, D, F, B-flat, and E-flat major fingering. The music in this book is printed on parallel staffs. The top is traditional viola notation in the alto clef while the bottom is the same music in transposing violin notation, allowing fiddlers who read the G or treble clef to play the viola by fingering it as if it were a fiddle.

  • Cherish The Ladies 
  • Irishman's Heart To The Ladies 
  • Lord Inchiquin  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Mountain Ranger 
  • O'donnell's Hornpipe 
  • Planxty Charles Coote  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • The Tempest 
  • The Three Sea Captains 
  • St. Patrick's Day In The Morning 
  • The Battle Of Aughrin 
  • Dougherty's Fancy 
  • Old As The Hills 
  • Sault's Own Hornpipe 
  • The Connaughtman's Rambles 
  • The Glasgow Hornpipe 
  • The Maid On The Green 
  • Kate Kearney 
  • Liverpool Hornpipe 
  • Soldier's Joy 
  • Carolan's Concerto  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Come Dance And Sing 
  • Myoia 
  • The Mullingar Races 
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley 
  • Staten Island 
  • Tete-A-Tet 
  • The Eight And Forty Sisters 
  • The Idle Road 
  • Considine's Grove 
  • Harvest Home 
  • Hunting the Hare 
  • The Best In The Bag 
  • Hewlett 
  • New Year's Song 
  • The Chanter's Tune 
  • A Fig For A Kiss 
  • Another Jig Will Do 
  • Irish Washerwoman 
  • Larry O'Gaff 
  • Planxty Tobial Peyton  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Red Cross 
  • The Clock In The Steeple 
  • The Fairy Dance 
  • The Minstrel's Fancy 
  • Cincinnati Hornpipe 
  • Fisher's Hornpipe 
  • Flowers of Edinburgh 
  • Maggie Brown's Favorite 
  • Planxty Fanny Powers  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Rickett's Hornpips 
  • The Banks Of The Sur 
  • Whiskey You're The Devil 
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine 
  • Haste to the Wedding 
  • Lannigan's Ball 
  • Southern Breeze 
  • Huntsman's Hornpipe 
  • Lord Mcdonald's 
  • Miss Mccloud's 
  • My Dermot 
  • Pat Touhey's Reel 
  • Peerless Hornpipe 
  • Shaw's Reel 
  • The Glens Of Mayo 
  • The Redhaired Boy 
  • The Rose In The Garden 
  • The Swallow Tail 
  • Vinton's Hornpipe 
  • Young Francis Mooney 
  • Carolan's Farewell To Music  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Green Fields Of America 
  • Jummy Holme's Favorite 
  • Belvidere 
  • Cameron's Favorite 
  • Planxty Irwin  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • The Boss 
  • The Road To Lisdoonvarna 
  • Obelisk 
  • Oyster River 
  • The Boys Of Bluehill 
  • Belles Of South Boston 
  • Off She Goes 
  • Sheebeg And Sheemore  Composed by Turlough O'carolan
  • The Lark In The Morning 
  • The Rock Of Cashel 
  • The Sweep's Hornpipe 
  • Blind Mary 
  • College Hornpipe 
  • The Walls Of Liscarrol 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    New Holand, PA
    Difficulty Level:
  • May 28, 2012 awful binding

    This is a wonderful collection of tunes with "perfect" binding. Pages become unglued and fall out immediately. This type of binding should never be used for music.

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  • 5

    Houston, Texas
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  • November 25, 2011 Really fun music

    My thirteen-year-old daughter has an affinity for fiddle music, so we ordered this book for her birthday. Even after only having played Viola for one-year, she was able to sight read the music and play from the moment the book arrived in the mail. Now she's...

    learning more of the selections and playing them with her tutor. Great variety, beautiful music, such fun, and it gives her a break from classic Viola and keeps her interest in playing.Only drawback is the book is perfect bound and won't lay flat and open on a music stand. We may cut all the sheets out in the end, three-hole drill and place in a binder.

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  • 5

    Tallahassee, FL
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  • March 16, 2011 Very fun to play

    This entire book is full of fun pieces to play, and is possibly the best fiddling book you can buy for viola. I was surprised at how well I could play it at first, and I performed in front of my friends a few times and they loved it. Overall...

    , this is an awesome buy for only 15 dollars.

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  • 5

    Hal B
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • January 22, 2009 Delightful.Never boring.

    Although I did not find any technical challenges,the music gives me a nice break from classical pieces. I find it a good warm-up. I just wish we could find more fiddling tunes to transpose for viola e.g.Famous Fiddlin Tunes by Craig Duncan. I think Mr.Hoffheimer...

    did an admirable job in his work and hope he finds other fiddling music to transpose. Fiddling on viola gives that genre a special flavor that you wont find with the fiddle.

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  • 4

    Aurora, CO
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 04, 2007 Delightful

    For an older adult who is learning viola, this book is great!! What would make it awesome is if there was a cd to go with it, then I can hear some of the tunes I am not too familiar with. I love the music I do know!! Thank You...


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