Dan Trueman

Just The Notes

Tune Books for tunes from the recordings CrissCross, QQQ, and Trollstilt...

All of these tunes in this series were made by ear, never written down as they were worked out; with Just the Notes, I’ve transcribed them, in the hopes that the notation will help others to learn them, on fiddles and guitars, or whatever instruments are on hand. I think of these as fiddle tunes, but clearly they are not your typical fiddle tunes (whatever that might mean); while I like nothing more than to play these tunes with my friends and family in informal places (like our living room, or, as it may be, our basement!), they are a bit much to pick up on the fly, at a session. But it also doesn’t feel quite right to write them down, fix them on the page, imagine that they can be read like a “Classical” composition. They are, perhaps, somewhere... in between.

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These are freely available below as PDFs, or you can order beautifully printed and bound tune books.


tunes for two fiddles and sometimes a band

by Dan Trueman and Brittany Haas
Forward by Darol Anger
pdf ↑ book


tunes from Unpacking the Trailer

by Dan Trueman
Forward by Steven Mackey
pdf ↑ book


tunes for fiddle and guitar

by Dan Trueman and Monica Mugan
Forward by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
pdf ↑ book