The Spinning Reel

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A collection of 40 original tunes by Benjamin Kalish, The Spinning Reel includes reels, jigs, marches, waltzes, and polkas as well as a few tunes that can not be so easily labeled. The tunes are notated for treble instruments and chord suggestions are included for rhythm players.


Sample tunes

The Buttonball Tree (reel)
Buttonball Tree sheet music
Cattails (jig)
Cattails sheet music
West Street (waltz)
West Street sheet music


The spinning reel : and other original tunes / Benjamin Kalish. — Northampton, Mass. : Benjamin Kalish Music, 2015. — viii, 33 p. ; 22 cm. — Includes an introduction, notes on the tunes, and indexes by key, tune type, and whistle choice. — Coil binding. — ISMN 979‑0‑800055‑00‑3

About the composer

Benjamin Kalish grew up in Great Barrington, MA, and was surrounded by music from an early age. He enjoys contra dancing, English Country Dance, fiddle tunes, and good chocolate. His instrument of choice is the mandolin but he enjoys playing any instrument he can get his hands on.