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)


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


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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