Forky Deer

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Eck Robertson Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)
MIDI

Source:

Field Recording Released on Album Eck Robertson: Famous Cowboy Fiddler (download the album here)

Comments:

This is an excellent version of this tune, and is a great tune for taking your fiddling to the next level.  The transcription includes both a low version and a high version of the A part.  In the low A part, you have to slide up to an A on the third string and then hold it while playing the melody on the second string.  The high A part is even more difficult, requiring you to play in third position on the first and second strings.  Slide up to an A and a D on the first and second strings, respectively.  Hold both of these notes with your index finger (somewhat like a barre chord on guitar or banjo).  On the first sring, play the B, C#, and D with your middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, respectively.  On the second string, play the E, F#, and G with your middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, respectively.

A good exercise in preparation for playing this tune would be to play a D scale, starting with your index finger on the second string.  Play E, F#, and G on the second string with your middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, respectively.  Then go to the first string for the A with your index finger.  Finally, play the B, C#, and D on the first string with your middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, respectively.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Breakdowns and Reels

Forked Deer

Texas Fiddle


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