Jack of Diamonds

As played by Gary Lee Moore from the Oklahoma region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Gary Lee Moore Collection

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


YouTube video of Gary Lee Moore


This is an incredible version of Jack of Diamonds from Gary Lee Moore. I found it on YouTube, and hesitated about transcribing it because the guitar is so loud that it nearly drowns out the fiddle in the recording. I’m glad I did transcribe it, though, as Moore’s fiddling is too good to pass up.

This tune reminds me of the well-known Irish reel The Mason’s Apron. Moore plays some really nice variations here. Look out for accidentals and syncopation, including a delicious slow triplet in the B part the first time through the tune. Unfortunately, the recording cuts off a little ways into the B part the fourth time through. That’s a pity, because Moore was playing some interesting stuff.


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Texas Fiddle

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