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The 8th of January Redone

This is my second fiddle tab publication of 8th of January. This version is a little easier than the previous. If nothing else it gives you more options for playing the tune.

It’s known better as the tune for “The Battle of New Orleans” by those old enough to have heard it. It’s a great story song and a powerful melody.

When I started playing it I had the idea f using only pentatonic notes for the A part. That has been preserved in this version.

The B part of the fiddle tab chart allows the use of drones and a drum like figure along with the droning. Especially on the lower two strings, you can get a good effect.

In the key of G you will find it singable, if you wish. In D, not so much.

Later, I expanded the tune into a more complex form. I call it “The Eighth,” and used to play it in a medley with “Sevens” and “9 Points of Roguery”. Thus, it was the 7, 8, 9 medley.

Presently, I prefer playing “Sevens” to round out the medley of “Potato on the Door” and “The Golden Legs.” All three tunes are from Liz Carroll.

For right now here is “The 8th of January.”

8th of January in fiddle tab
Fiddle Tab of the 8th of January

For printing the fiddle tab chart use the pdf of the 8th of January.

Moscow Duck

This must be the oldest original fiddle tune that I still play. A hand draw tab was published in The Florida Fiddler newsletter a long time ago.

This update is only a little different. I don’t think I had Georgia bow in the B part, as in this version.

A special observation is the use of a high fourth finger in the B part. That stretches all the way up to an F natural. You notice the slide up and down indications, too. It’s a moaning kind of sound. Very bluesy.

Fiddle tab chart for Moscow Duck
Moscow Duck in Fiddle Tab

And here is the pdf of Moscow Duck.

Old Joe Clark

One occasion when I got to observe Vassar Clements was when he was promoting his new album at a record store. He was mainly holding his fiddle and chatting with fans, when suddenly Mike Marshall breezed into the store, pulled out his fiddle and got into a hot twin fiddle version of Old Joe Clark with Vassar.

I was astounded, both by the virtuosity displayed, and by the unrehearsed excellence of the performance. It was a clear clue for me of the high musical potential of fiddling.

In my book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, I have a beginner version of this tune. This chart is a little more advanced, and more typical of how you hear it played.

The fiddle tab chart for Old Joe Clark in pdf.


This one proved to be a toughie. One of my online students, Bob Evans, asked about this tune when he ordered. I knew I had the chart in my archives, so I said I’d send it along.

When I looked at it, I realized it was only the verse. No chorus was tabbed out. And I knew I’ve played the chorus.

Writing it took extra time because I put in the drone strings. Then, I just didn’t like what I had come up with.

I got out my fiddle and just started playing and writing. After a while I was satisfied with the results. Here they are.

And here is the pdf file for Jambalaya.

Kitchen Girl

This has been one of my favorites. We play it in the Bay Area Fiddlers Association, too. The version here is not advanced, but, it’s not easy either. I’d call it intermediate.

This hoe down has a catchy change of chord in the first two beats, then goes back to A

A lot can be done to vary the first bar of the tune. Lots of potential licks. I hope to do a page on that eventually.

When we play it in BAFA, what I’m hearing is the straight ahead version, mostly.

Kitchen Girl in fiddle tab
Kitchen Girl in Fiddle Tab

And here is the pdf of Kitchen Girl in fiddle tab.