Forked Deer

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Melvin Wine Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Field recording available on the CD/DVD set "One More Time": The Life and Music of Melvin Wine from the Augusta Heritage Center



West Virginia fiddler Melvin Wine played this interesting version of Forked Deer. This tune is often found with a key change, with the A part in one key and the B part in another. Wine’s setting sounds like it has a key change in the middle of the A part, starting with A and then switching to D. I have not notated it as such, but instead I transcribed it entirely in D. His setting is also crooked. The A part has six measures rather than eight, and the B part has two extra beats tacked onto it when transitioning back to the A part. There is a potentially difficult passage in the A part where you have to hold an A on the third string while playing melody on the second string. Play this tune with a little swing.

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