Traditional Old-time (Oldtimey) Music
Tune & Songbook
300+ Tunes & Songs With Sheet Music Scores, Lyrics, Chords & Midis
Old-time music or oldtimey music here refers to an American rural or folk music.
This collection of 300+ American old-time tunes and songs comes with sheet-music, MIDIS and lyrics. Old-time music has more emphasis on tunes and dance music than bluegrass, but like early bluegrass, is essentially American folk music - mostly from the 19th century. Many of these tunes have their origins in earlier English and European tunes, if you are familiar with folk tunes from the British Isles you may notice similarities between tunes from these different regions. The list of tunes/songs will take you to individual pages with the midi, lyrics and score for each piece.
Note that in England the term "old-time music" is usually applied to Victorian and Edwardian music-hall music which is generally considered to be unconnected to the music mentioned here apart from a few songs appearing in both genres.
SEE AND PLAY OLD-TIME SONGS AND TUNES
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For Old Time Music books and sheet music to buy check the Old Time Music Collection at Sheet Music Plus.
You may also be interested in other American Old Time Related items on this site:
399 Traditional Mainly old-time Songs
, lyrics and chords, from popular American vernacular music, with PDF for printing.
Old-Time Songs With Chords
- A collection of 249 old-time song lyrics with chords for guitar, banjo etc with PDF versions for download.
Traditional American Old-time (Oldtimey) tune-book and songbook
- 300+ tunes & songs with lyrics, chords, sheet music & midis,
TOP 1000 top folk and old-time songs
- lyrics, chords for guitar, banjo, ukulele etc. +PDF
Wehman's Universal Songster
6000+ old-time songs, 1884 to 1899 also with PDF & RTF versions (This collection has been used as source material by many performers from the Carter family to Bob Dylan.)
Old Time Song Lyrics
- lyrics of 900+ songs from old-time artists such as Charlie Poole, Ernest Stoneman, Brad Leftwich etc, also with downloadable PDF and RTF versions.
Carter Family Songs with Chords
- A fairly complete Carter family repertoire of 200+ song lyrics, with easy chords for guitar, banjo etc.
American Old time Music collection
800 items, fiddle music, old songs, dance music etc, sheet-music scores with chords, guitar & mandolin tabs and downloadable midi tracks and PDF versions.
Common Session Tunes - Guitar & Mandolin Tabs
- 1600+ guitar & mandolin tabs with sheet music scores and midis, includes many old-time tunes, also with downloadable PDF versions.
Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel songs
1700+ songs lyrics,chords & downloadable PDF.
The Play-party In Indiana
- Traditional songs and games with descriptive introduction, correlating notes includes sheet music & lyrics circa 1916
700 Old American Songs
- folk,old popular & religious music genres, lyrics+PDF
Here is a definition of 'old-time' or 'oldtimey'
Some other related information pages of interest on these pages:
About old-time fiddling.
Traditional fiddle styles
How to care for your fiddle
Old-time Music Links
What is old time music ?
If you are interested in old-time fiddle tunes check our Stacy Phillip's site at
His book The Phillips Collection Of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes is a compendium of 800 fiddle tunes in all the major categories of American traditional fiddle styles - hoedowns, breakdowns and reels - each entry is based on the playing of an outstanding fiddler (over 300 different players represented) with multiple versions of many tunes. Bowing, fingering and chordal accompaniment is also included. This collection is one of the few authoritative sources for this type of music available.
Where you can get some hard to find old-time recordings in the UK