Since the age of the troubadours, playing guitar and singing have gone together. But guitar playing and singing require different skills and learning sequences. For guitar students wanting to also learn singing, Dr. Berlin offers several repertoire tracks. Because they are in the public domain and have staying power, the core singing repertoire consists of folk songs. Dr. Berlin supplements this repertoire with popular songs of interest to students.

Guitarists who include the singing track in their lessons, will need a capo. Using a capo allows you to put songs in a key that coincides with your vocal range.

Elementary Track

Cuckoo * One, Two, Tie My Shoe * See-Saw * Star Light, Star Bright * Snail, Snail * Mill Wheel * Rain, Rain * Ring Around the Rosy * Strawberry Shortcake * Hot Cross Buns * Bye, Bye Baby * All Around the Buttercup * Who’s That * Merrily We Roll Along * Let Us Chase the Squirrel * I See the Moon * Bought Me A Cat * Rocky Mountain * Here Comes the Bluebird * Fais Do Do * Mama, Buy Me A China Doll * Ida Red * Aunt Rhody * Frere Jaques * Lightly Row * Hush Little Baby * Little River Flowing * Michael, Row the Boat Ashore * Looby Loo * Lavender Blue * Cuckoo, Sing in The Spring * Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening * May Song * Jim Along Josie * Come Little Children * Simple Gifts * Love Somebody      * Kookaburra * Turn Again, Whittington * Cotton Eye Joe * Baker’s Shop * Five Hundred Miles * Round Up Four * Alabama Girl

This graded track coincides with the guitar sequence for young students presented in New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children.

Basic Adult Folk Track

The Mocking Bird * Underneath the Moonlight (Au clair de la lune) * Red River Valley * Skye Boat Song * This Land is Your Land * Skip to My Lou * Simple Gifts * The Ash Grove * She’s Like the Swallow * ‘Liza Jane * Morning Has Broken * The Water is Wide * Poor Wayfaring Stranger * Shenandoah * Danny Boy * Shady Grove

This is a graded track based on folk selections in the Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Repertoire series (2019 edition).

Troubadour Track

Frère Jacques * Tom Dooley * Polly Wolly Doodle * Down in the Valley * Barbara Allen * Clementine * Deep in the Heart of Texas * Drunken Sailor * Go Tell Aunt Rhody * He’s Got the Whole World * Hush Little Baby * Joshua Fit de Battle * London Bridge * Pay Me My Money Down * Rock-a My Soul * Rye Whiskey * Sinner Man * Skip to My Lou * Yellow Rose of Texas, The * Row, Row, Row Your Boat * Frankie and Johnny * Banks of the Ohio * Red River Valley * Gambler, The * Stewball * Shady Grove * Rye Whiskey * Sloop John B. * Down by the Riverside * John Hardy * Greensleeves * Can the Circle Be Unbroken * Dust in the Wind * Home on the Range * Irene Goodnight * Jesse James * Since I Laid My Burden Down * Wreck of the Old Ninety-Seven, The * This Land is Your Land * Amazing Grace * She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain * Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms * Long Journey Home * Midnight Special * Gold Watch and Chain * Mama Don’t ‘Low * On Top of Old Smoky * Salty Dog Blues * Marines’ Hymn * All the Good Times Are Past and Gone * Boil That Cabbage Down * Freight Train * Old Joe Clark * Worried Man Blues * Michael Row the Boat Ashore * Camptown Races * Hava  Nagila * Silent Night * Five Hundred Miles * Wildwood Flower * C. C. Rider * Sweet Home Chicago * Shenandoah * Where Have All the Flowers Gone * East Virginia * Battle Hymn of the Republic, The * Spanish Fandango * I’m Goin’ Down That Road Feeling Bad * I Never Will Marry * Wayfaring Stranger * Railroad Bill * Sweet Betsy from Pike * Blues Shuffle * Ramblin’ on My Mind * Clementine * Streets of Laredo * Cindy * Oh, Susanna * Leaving on a Jet Plane

This non-graded repertoire coincides with guitar accompaniment techniques taught in Modern Folk Guitar by Harvey Reid and Terry Lee Kuhn.

Supplemental Troubadour Pieces

Alouette * Ashes of Love * Blind Fiddler * Boll Weevil * Bringing in the Georgia Mail * Gospel Ship * Honky Tonkin * John Henry * Lonesome Pines * Mary Had a Little Lamb * My Old Home on the Green Mountain Side * Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow * Okie from Muskogee * O Tannenbaum * Pat-a-Pan * Paw Paw Patch * Puttin’ on the Style * Reuben’s Train * Ruby * Sally Goodin’ * Southern Railroad Blues * Stay a Little Longer * Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down * Willie Seton * You Never Can Tell * Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain * Bye Bye Love * Help Me Make It Through the Night * If I Were a Carpenter * Jambalaya * King of the Road * Me and Bobby McGee * Paradise * Tennessee Waltz * You Ain’t Going Nowhere * You Are My Sunshine * Flag Decal * Good Hearted Woman * Green Green Grass of Home * I Walk the Line * If I Were Free * Jamaica Farelwell * Long Black Veil * Lucille * Margaritaville * Norwegian Wood * There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler * As Tears Go By * Cobwebs and Dust * Don’t Think Twice * Early Mornin’ Rain * Hello Stranger * If I Needed You * Last Thing on My Mind, The * Snowbird * Amanda * Back Home Again * Blowin’ in the Wind * Circle Game * Honky Tonk Woman * Suzanne * Tomorrow Is a Long Time * Yankee Lady * Angel from Montgomery * Boxer, The * Bring It on Home to Me * City of New Orleans * Desperado * House of the Rising Sun * Johnny B. Goode * Kansas City * Lay, Lady, Lay * Love Has No Pride * Mr. Bojangles * Pamela Brown * Puff, the Magic Dragon * Rose, The * Someday Soon * Take Me Home, Country Roads * Teach Your Children * Tennessee Stud * Billy Boy * For Baby, for Bobby * Happy Birthday * Irene, Goodnight * Peaceful Easy Feeling * Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * Will the Circle Be Unbroken * Yankee Doodle

These “choice” songs are options that students can select to supplement the core troubadour repertoire.