Soldier’s Joy, Fiddlin’ Medley Part Two

As played by Clayton McMichen from the Georgia region

Hornpipe in D

From the Clayton McMichen Collection

5 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)
Melody-Only Transcription of Entire Medley (PDF)
Full Transcription of Entire Medley (PDF)


78rpm Record


This transcription is sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell.

Georgia fiddler Clayton McMichen recorded his Fiddlin’ Medley in 1927. The medley consists of three tunes: Durang’s Hornpipe, Soldier’s Joy, and Rye Straw, and closes with a reprise of Durang’s. These are nice but aggressive settings of these tunes. They are in fact so aggressive that the whole medley is almost entirely played with sawstroke bowing.

This transcription is of Soldier’s Joy, the second tune in the medley. The most difficult thing in here might be the occasional unison notes, but also look out for grace notes, sixteenth notes, and triplets.

I am also including a transcription of the entire medley, so each part can be seen in context.


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Soldier's Joy

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