I’m not sure where exactly I first heard Flowers of Edinburgh. It’s one of those tunes from the old-world (of the Gaelic lineage as you might imagine) that has since worked its way into multiple fiddling traditions. So a variety of places one might encounter it.
It’s a beautiful tune, and one that grabbed me at first listen.
Being a fiddle tune, you’ll find that there are a lot of notes packed into each measure. But as it turns out, most of those notes are fairly easy to access out of standard G tuning, making Flowers of Edinburgh well suited to a melodic treatment. I find the up the neck descending runs in the B part particularly fun to play.
Flowers of Edinburgh
gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3
Notes on the Tab
Alternate string hammer-ons: There are several alternate string hammer-ons in this arrangement, noted where you see a number underneath tab with a circle around it. The number represents the finger I typically use to execute the hammer-on.
For the up the neck positions in the B part, I recommend keeping the 1st string fretted at the 9th fret (with the middle finger) and the 2nd string fretted at the 8th fret (with the index) throughout the 11th measure, then barring the 1st and 2nd strings at the 2nd fret (with the index) throughout the 12th measure, then barring the 1st and 2nd strings at the 2nd fret (with the index) during the 13th measure.