Forked Deer

As played by Ed Haley from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

3 files for this tune:

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

Source:

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

Comments:

This is an incredibly high energy version of Forked Deer from West Virginia fiddler Ed Haley. Instead of playing two distinct parts and repeating them, Haley played six distinct strains. I have followed the convention I established in the transcription of Eck Robertson’s seminal Sally Goodin’ by labeling the distinct strains with Roman numerals. Strain III is crooked, and goes up to a high C#. The ending goes up to a high D. Some strains require holding an A on the third string while playing melody on the second string, or holding a D on the fourth string while playing melody on the third string. There are also many instances of a D-F# chord, with the D on the fourth string and F# on the third string.


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