Humphrey's Jig

As played by Ed Haley from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


Private recording of Ed Haley released on the album Ed Haley, Volume 1: Forked Deer, streaming audio here


Humphrey’s Jig is a bit of an odd duck. Is it a breakdown, or is it a jig? I think it’s a breakdown in 4/4 time with a B part that masquerades as a jig using triplets to imitate a jig’s 6/8 time. This can be an extremely fun tune, but you have to be comfortable with bowed triplets to make it sound good.

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