Dear fiddler, here’s a basic lesson on how to play Sheebeg And Sheemore by Turlough O’Carolan.ย 

Let’s practice…


Scale and drone

The tune is in D Major. Warm up with the D major scale.

D0-1-2-3-A0-1-2-3 | E0-1-L2-3-4

D Drone



A partย 

First quarter: (A3-E0)-E1-1-0-A3 | A3-E0-A3 | A1-0 | D2

Second quarter: (A0)-A1-0-1-2-3 | E0-A3-E0 | 1-0 | A3 ย 

Sheet music

We’re experimenting with adding fingerings to sheet music. Note that repeated parts are colored. Is this helpful? Let me know in a comment.

Other versions



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12 responses to “Sheebeg and Sheemore

  1. I would have stopped playing the fiddle at the start if I had to struggle only with the sheet music version of the note I guess. The tab is the tool that “hooked” me first.

  2. Jason I don’t know about suppressing the snippets with the tab, I found them useful before to learn more quickly. It is cool to have:
    – the fingering
    – the slurs
    – the tabs on the video when you play the part
    – the looping tool and slowing tool
    – the tab including the musical snippets (the one you suppressed) : as I have more difficulties to get the basic rythm from only the video.
    With this option you give the learner the opportunity to chose when he knoes enough with the tab to jump to the note reading version and stop using the tab.
    I understand it’s more work for you but that would be my favourite option.
    Cool work you are doing there on the blog Jason much appreciated.
    I don’t know if there is a need to redo all the slurring for the past sheet music, may be for the future only will do great ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. The fingering is a great addition. It supplants the ‘tab’ and since I always try to learn a tune from the sheet music as quickly as possible after looking at the tab, because of the note timings, this will help to not refer to the tab early on.

  4. It is not a bad idea to let some notes without the fingering as it will train me to trust my reading. It might well be the winning combination to enhance gradually our note reading skills !