Hummingbird Reel

As played by Bartow Riley from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Texas and Oklahoma Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


Recording of Bartow Riley (partial streaming audio here)


This is a really nice tune from Texas panhandle fiddler Bartow Riley.  It fits somewhere in the Coming Down from Denver branch of the Waynesboro family of tunes.  The freely available streaming audio of this tune cuts off towards the end of the C part, so the last two measures of that part are my extrapolation.

The A part presents a mild challenge, with reaches up to a high B.  The first few times I played through it I had intonation troubles on the high B, but I quickly got used to it.  Also look out for the 16th-note triplet in the last measure of the first line of the A part (which also appears in the B part).

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle

Waynesboro, Coming Down from Denver, Here and There, Hummingbird Reel

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