Here’s a lesson on how to play the first break from Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine show. The song was based off a fragment that Bob Dylan (who’s credited as a co-author) performed in the movie Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid.

This is a lesson for intermediate fiddlers; you need to know raised third finger for this tune.

Learning Chunks

I’ve made some “Learning Chunks” to help you learn more easily. These focused exercises contain sheet music, tabs and mp3 snippets to guide you on your fiddle journey. The idea is to start with small musical bits, get good at those, and then put them together into bigger pieces until you have the whole tune. I call it Micro-practice.

For those of you who read (or want to read), all snippets use this key and time signature:


Warm up with A major scale using A drone.

A part, first phrase

first phrase: D1-2-A0-1-1-2-2-3-[2-3-2]-2-1-[1-2-1]-[0-1-0]

A part, second phrase

second phrase: D1-2-2-1-2-H3-A0-0-1-2-3

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A part, third phrase

A part, fourth phrase

fourth phrase: A2-3-2-1-0-DH3-2-1-2-A0-D2-GH3-D0-GH3-2-1

A part, fifth phrase

fifth phrase: G2-H3-H3-[H3-4-H3]-H3-2-2-[2-H3-2]-2-1-1-H3-2-2-1-1


Full Content

Wagon Wheel Fullmix – 60bpm

Wagon Wheel Fullmix – 70bpm

Wagon Wheel Fullmix – 80bpm

Wagon Wheel Fullmix – 90bpm

Warm-up exercises






A major scale (2 octaves): G1-2-H3-D0-1-2-H3-A0-1-2-3-E0-1-2-3


Wagon Wheel – Full Tabs & Sheet Music

First phrase: D1-2-A0-1-1-2-2-3-[2-3-2]-2-1-[1-2-1]-[0-1-0]

Second phrase: D1-2-2-1-2-H3-A0-0-1-2-3

Third phrase: E0-A2-E0-1-0-A2-1-0-1-0-1-0-E0-A0-3-0

Fourth phrase: A2-3-2-1-0-DH3-2-1-2-A0-D2-GH3-D0-GH3-2-1

Fifth phrase: G2-H3-H3-[H3-4-H3]-H3-2-2-[2-H3-2]-2-1-1-H3-2-2-1-1

Sheet music

Wagon Wheel PDF

Sheet music video

Learn to intuitively read sheet music with this animated video. If you’re an absolute beginner, then I suggest you don’t worry about fo it for the moment.

This is here for continuing students who want to learn about sheet music. It’s part of the Note-Reading For Fiddlers course.

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Lesson tracking


Lessons complete in Module 2.8:


Don’t forget to add Wagon Wheel under “List the things you practice” in your workbook

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