“Temperance Reel” is a traditional Irish fiddle tune in the public domain that became popular in America during the 19th century. The earliest known American recording of “Temperance Reel” is by Joseph Samuels in 1919. Over the years, this song has been recorded by several bluegrass artists and it has become a favorite flatpicking tune at bluegrass jams.
You’ll run across slightly different variations of this song’s chord progression at a bluegrass jam but we’ll tab out one of the most common ways to play the rhythm guitar part for “Temperance Reel” below. This song is usually played in standard tuning in the key of G.