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Jackie Tar Hornpipe in Fiddle Tab

Pardon me if you have heard this from me before: I like hornpipes to have a swing rhythm. Many fiddlers play some hornpipes with a swing feel, and others they play like a reel or hoedown.

Consider Sailor’s Hornpipe. I hear no one playing it as a swing rhythm hornpipe. Same with Fisher’s Hornpipe. Most fiddlers just blast it out as a fast reel. Well, I’m not comfortable with that.

The hornpipe you find here is usually played with a swing feel to it. In other words, it’s treated as a fiddle hornpipe. I often include it in a medley with Drunken Sailor. Now that I put these words to print, I’m thinking of including Sailor’s in the same line up. Let’s just keep it very nautical!

Jackie Tar hornpipe in fiddle tab
Fiddle tab of Jackie Tar Hornpipe

And here is a good printable pdf of Jackie Tar.

A video of Jackie Tar as a hornpipe with a swing feel.


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.