Rye Whiskey (Drunkard’s Hiccups)

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Waltz in A

From the Eck Robertson Collection

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


Eck Robertson has a really nice version of this widespread waltz. Every version I know utilizes pizzicato notes to imitate a drunkard’s hiccups. Robertson plays two distinct versions of the B part, one with pizzicato (odd times through) and one without (even times through). In the pizzicato B part, he bowed a low A while pizzing a C#, A, and E on the first, second, and third strings respectively.

Tune to AEAC#.

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Rye Whiskey, Drunkard's Hiccups

Texas Fiddle

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