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The Earl’s Chair

The Earl’s Chair–an Irish Reel Session Favorite

When I play The Earl’s Chair, sometimes I think: The Duke of Earl’s Chair. That would be a slightly Americanized version of this great Irish fiddle reel.

I first tuned in to The Earl’s Chair when I heard the Liz Carroll album, Lost in the Loop. It’s preceded by an incendiary Silver Spear, and followed by a lively Musical Priest. There’s a cool riff she does that I imitate to some extent in this tab chart.

Originally I made a music notation version of what I was teaching. That went out to the Second Sunday Session that will be meeting tomorrow.

Since then I’ve tweaked it a bit. What appears below is close to how I play it now.
Fiddle tab of The Earl's Chair

Here is what The Earl’s Chair sounds like.

This is a moderately difficult tune even at the intermediate pace of the sound file. Below is a YouTube video I made right after recording the above.

At the Second Sunday Session we play the Earl’s Chair after Silver Spear, just like Liz Carroll. Well, our Chair is more of a Lazy Boy Recliner by comparison.

Little Beggar Dog

This is one of my own tunes. Using Little Beggar Man as a model for the structure of the tune gave me a chance to slip into the key of F in the B part. I had in mind an Irish reel kind of tune.

(On August 9 I updated the chart. After meeting with members of BAFA and playing through it, I wasn’t satisfied with the version I had posted. This is more difficult, but closer to the way I play the tune.) (I really do know how to spell ‘beggar’.)

Fiddle tab chart for Little Beggar Dog

The pdf for Little Beggar Dog. And here is a link to YouTube for the tune.