This combination of melodic and rhythmic styles became the foundation for jazz, blues, rock and roll, country, bluegrass, modern folk and more. It is this unique “synthesis” quality that makes “mountain music” a perfect launchpad for those ‘modern’ styles and a perfect ‘home base’ for followers of other styles to come together.
Most of these songs in the public domain, though a few may not be—it can be very hard to tell sometimes. Some are traditional songs with no known author, others were originally old parlor songs that have gone out of copyright. However, they all “traditional” in the sense that they have entered the oral tradition.
The “Core Songs” Designation [core]
We picked 100 songs that represent some of the best and most commonly-played songs in ‘people music’. They're featured in our songbooks as well as a CD series; see below.
[core] indicates a "core song."
Testimony for the ToneWay Method
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Bill Herzog, Rogue River, OR
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Mike McCormick, Meadville, PA
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Joseph Czeiszperger, Louisville, KY
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JessicaRose on Fiddle Hangout
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