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Swallowtail Jig Revised

This morning I was with a student who was struggling with the B part of Swallowtail Jig. If you have my book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, you can see how it’s tricky at that spot.

For her, I changed two things to simplify the part. I changed the D# to a D natural. Most people play it that way. And I eliminated the cut getting into B part, substituting a quick bow move instead.

Some of the jigs I’ve posted here, Out on the Ocean, for example, are intermediate to advanced. This version of the Swallowtail Jig is intermediate. It’s more approachable for a relative beginner.

Fiddle tab chart of Swallowtail Jig
Swallowtail Jig in Fiddle Tab

The pdf of Swallowtail Jig makes a better copy.

Swallowtail Jig

One of the principles of music notation publishing is economy. Publish as much music as possible in the smallest amount of space. This principle was driven by physical constraints of material and human labor. It led to the use of repeat signs, target signs of several types, measure repeat signs, and more.

When I was putting together my book 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, I used these concepts to draw maps of tabs that were sometimes hard to follow. It gives me great satisfaction to straighten out some of these twisty pathways on this blog.

One such is the fiddle tab chart I made for Swallowtail Jig. There is one area in the B part that has stumped students repeatedly, (forgive the pun). In the chart below it is rewritten more intuitively.

fiddle tab chart for Swallowtail Jig
Swallowtail Jig in Fiddle Tab

And Swallowtail Jig as pdf for better results when printed.

Off She Goes in Tab

Here’s yet another jig with updated endings. That original idea was economical, but confusing. This way is the standard approach in music notation for endings and repeats. Let’s go with it!

And Off She Goes pdf.

In the present edition of 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, I have ornaments as inserted alternatives to certain bars. When I get that sorted out, I’ll post it.

Road to Lisdoonvarna

Last year at this time, I was doing a little recording for Ricko Donovan. I have some counterpoint on his My Darling Asleep from the Lucky Sevens album.

He told me that Lisdoonvarna has a meet up once a year that attracts hundreds of single men and women. Going to the big social gathering may be what the writer of this tune had in mind.

Here is the pdf of Road to Lisdonvarna.

St. Anne’s Reel

There is more than one way to play a fiddle tune. You probably know that.

Sometimes a small change can make a tune easier to play. That’s the cause behind this little revision to my currently published version of St. Anne’s Reel.

Originally, I set the tune in a way that required playing quickly across four strings to a C# on the G string. This version is a little easier, and nothing is lost by substituting an easier note.

St. Anne, in the Christian tradition, is the mother of the mother of Jesus. This is her reel.

And the pdf of St. Anne’s Reel.

Smash the Windows

Here is another tune from my book that I’m revising. A slightly simplified version replaces a couple of rolls and an idiosyncratic little walk up on the repeat of the B section.

I’ve been penciling these changes in for my studio students. Now you can see what I do.

The tune is also called Roaring Jelly, I believe.

Someone said this is a favorite tune of Mac users. I don’t know what’s up with that.

And, finally, here is a pdf for better results printing: Smash the Windows

Flop Eared Mule

This tab chart is a revision of the chart in 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab. When I revised it for a new student, the thought suddenly hit me, “I can put this online on my new fiddle tune blog!” And so, here it is.

The revisions are changes I’ve been penciling in for my studio students. Finally, I’m getting ready to incorporate them in a much revised edition of the book.

Flop Eared Mule features an effect in the B part that can be awkward. I make it easier to do in this version.

Also, here is the pdf of Flop Eared Mule. As usual, right click for saving the pdf file to your desk top.