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    Watching a livestream where the lack of tunes in "F" was mentioned. I couldn't come up with many. There's "Miss. Waltz" by Monroe & Frank Wakefield's "Waltz in Bluegrass". Anyway, I wrote one that I managed to find a decent recording of. It's a basic blues-type thing with (hopefully) a good hook.
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    I like your tune
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    Are you specifically speaking of Bluegrass? Are you limiting your comment to Bluegrass? You don’t state that but I get that impression. Anyway, if you’re not limiting your comment to Bluegrass, one that I like is Robert Earl Keene’s version of My Home Ain’t In The Hall of Fame
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    Sweet Georgia Brown is commonly played in F.
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    Although some folks say it's in Dm, ol' Bill's Lonesome Moonlight Waltz is in the key of F.

    Rick Skaggs along with many others do Rank Stranger in F. Not exactly sure where the Stanley Brothers did it. I think it ranged from somewhere in the cracks between E and F and sometimes as high as F#
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    Though Doc moved it, Beaumont Rag is actually supposed to be in F.

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    I believe Don't Let Your Deal Go Down is usually played in F.

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    I always thought the most commonly played tune in F was “Happy Birthday”!

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    In the book The Complete Mandolinist, Archie Menzie's Reel is in F. A bunch of fiddler's on youTube play it.
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    Loads of traditional fiddle tunes in F and, dare we say it, even in Bb! I am talking about Scottish tunes here.
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    I really enjoyed your tune. Nice and bluesy. Fishers Hornpipe was usually played by fiddlers in the key of F. I tabbed out a mandolin version years ago. It lays out very nicely in F.

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    David Benedict has a nice tune in F called Dorrigo
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    Most old fiddle books show Fisher's Hornpipe in F, though modern players have pretty much moved it to D.

    I always play Erie Canal March in F, from the original flute music. However, I play it on the concertina, so NMC.
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    Caleb Klauderís arrangement of the old time fiddle tune Wiley Laws is in F. Good tune!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    Loads of traditional fiddle tunes in F and, dare we say it, even in Bb!
    Scottish and Irish. Two favorites, Planxty Drew and Planxty Wilkinson, are both in a handful of flats. First made known to me by the playing of Johnny Cunningham.

    I have recently become addicted to perusing tunes from Polig Monjarret's big green book "Folk Music of Western-Brittany". Most everything in there is in two or three flats. I think I have seen a few in F.

    Playing in flats is a wierd mind set, but once I get used to it, it gradually gets easier. But going back to the world of G and D is always a relief.
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    The Beeswing Hornpipe is one of my favorite tunes. While it’s in Bb, and not F, I think that’s close enough

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    Mississippi Waltz!

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    I play Mark Knofler's "Romeo and Juliet" in F.

    I don't think he does, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    Are you specifically speaking of Bluegrass? Are you limiting your comment to Bluegrass? You don’t state that but I get that impression. Anyway, if you’re not limiting your comment to Bluegrass, one that I like is Robert Earl Keene’s version of My Home Ain’t In The Hall of Fame
    Yeah, I was thinking Bluegrass. Should have been more specific.

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    Yeah, it was David's livestream where the comment was made. In addition to Bluegrass or Oldtime, I was also thinking of original tunes but lots of good comments about trad and other stuff. Anyway, this got me going through my tune list & I discovered that I've written tunes in every key except for C#. The inevitable conclusion is...I need to spend more time playing in C#.

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    Mississippi Waltz is a wonderful tune in F major that is rarely heard outside of my house.
    My favorite F minor tune is Gnossienne #1 by Eric Satie. Four flats (count 'em). Written for piano, it is heard on Michael Melford's album "Mandolin Fantasy" from 1976.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Deep Cuts View Post
    The Beeswing Hornpipe is one of my favorite tunes. While it’s in Bb, and not F, I think that’s close enough
    Sometimes erroneously titled as “Bee’s wing” hornpipe. Beeswing is a word I learned from a Sherlock Holmes story called Abbey Grange. It’s the precipitate in some red wines like port. Not a word one encounters very often, but a fun one and a curious choice for a hornpipe title.

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    95% of all the jazz tunes ever written that include a horn player are in B flat and F....

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