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Indian Point by Rick Mohr

Indian Point is a jig written by Rick Mohr. It has become a popular session tune. Mr. Mohr has used a musical device in this tune that is very effective. Maybe he did not set out to do this composer’s trick, but it is a neat one.

The contour of the melody and chord progression in the A part is speeded up to twice as fast in the B part. That doesn’t mean that notes go faster. It’s the change of chords, and the arc of melody that moves faster. I hope that makes sense.

I find this jig absolutely magnetic. I love to play it.

In the first chart you find the basic tune in fiddle tab as it is published elsewhere in music notation. The second chart has some ornaments I like to use when I play the tune. Look for the pdf file for printing and the mp3 file for listening. They are below each graphic image.

Indian Point in fiddle tablature

Here is the Indian Point in pdf. This is the Indian Point MP3 file.

Indian Point in fiddle tab

Indian Point with ornaments in pdf; and the with ornaments MP3 file.

Georgia Bow in Ebeneezer

In my book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, I have two tunes using Georgia bow. The first is Salt River, the second is Dick Gossip, an Irish reel.

You might ask, how is it that an Irish tune is being played Georgia shuffle style? Good question! I would ask this myself if I didn’t see it in the video, Lord of the Dance.

The tune that I use to teach Georgia bow is not in the book. My Bad.

I like to use Ebeneezer for that task. It facilitates the process by repetition of notes.

And here is the pdf file for Ebeneezer in tab.

This shuffle gives a strong emphasis on the off beats. You are playing a down bow on that note, and slurring the next three. As you repeat that pattern you really hit the off beat hard.

Ten Penny Bit Rhythm Trick

There is a favorite trick fiddlers do in jigs. We change the accented rhythm to imply a time of 3-4 instead of the normal 6-8 jig rhythm.

This lasts for only a few beats. Rock players and jazz cats do this to. So did classical music composers. It’s a good trick.

In the video performance of Ten Penny Bit you will hear the trick done two times in the A part of the tune, the second time it is played.

Ten Penny Bit Rhythm Trick from Elan Chalford on Vimeo.