Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss

The B part in particular is different from the “Fly Around” version that you might have heard elsewhere.

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11 Responses to “Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss”

  1. 1 Daniel August 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks! Such a nice version. Can you also provide the more typical B part when you get the chance?

  2. 2 banjomeetsworld August 29, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for your comment. You might check YouTube or the Banjo Hangout for the more typical “Fly Around,” which is widely played. Here are a couple of recordings of it:

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    Have fun,


  3. 3 John Spear November 14, 2008 at 10:09 am


    I don’t necessarily know why I’ve picked this particular arrangement to express to you just how much I really love your arrangements. I’ve printed all you’ve put on your great site and am attempting to learn them all. They appeal to me more than any other collection of arrangements I’ve yet encountered. The generosity of you and others on the web always astounds me.

    I do have a question regarding notation of “Fly Around…”. In bar 4, do you intend the tie to extend the time value of the F# into the next measure? It’s a neat sound if so.


  4. 4 banjomeetsworld November 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

    John, thanks for your kind words. You’re right about that 4th measure–I mean for the tie to extend the time value of the F# into the next measure. It gives it a bit of swing. It’s not traditional, at least the way I’ve heard the tune played.


  5. 5 John November 14, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    There’s something about this tie that strikes me – perhaps, more than it should… One encounters ties throughout your arrangements, but somehow the playing of the “melody” note on the second half of beat one, after the tied note, seems different.


  6. 6 Cathy November 16, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Hi John–To clarify, I meant the tie to show that you’re just letting that note ring. You pull off on the same beat as usual, just as if you’d hit the 1st string at the 2nd fret squarely on beat one. The difference is that your finger is already on that second fret and you played it in the previous measure. Rather than frail that note again at the beginning of the new measure, I’m suggesting you let the note that you just played ring a little longer, long enough to take care of the first half of the first beat. Then you pull off to an open 1st string as usual. I’m not the greatest at transcribing things, especially syncopation, so it might be safest to listen to the MP3 to see what I was intending.

  7. 7 John November 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Actually, I think you transcribed it beautifully and thanks. John

  8. 8 Dan December 24, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Cathy…I came to your site searching FAMPLM (fly around my pretty little miss). I was playing foggy mountain breakdown in college in the 70’s and finally, a couple of months ago, pulled out the banjo, loosened the head and took off the resonator.

    I found a good teacher in Nashville to help me get started on clawhammer. He’s Todd Wright from Grassy Fork Tennessee and I think his version of FAMPLM is pretty authentic.

    I really appreciate your work on the site and would like to know what type of caffine gives you that driving sound? DC

  9. 9 John December 28, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    That is very nice Dan, thanks.

  10. 10 Cathy January 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Dan, thanks for your comment and for the link to Todd Wright’s great rendition of the tune. You’ve found yourself a good teacher!


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