Grey Eagle

As played by Ambrose “Uncle Am” Stuart from the Tennessee region

Hornpipe in C

From the Cumberlands Collection

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Tennessee fiddler Ambrose Stuart, better known as Uncle Am Stuart, played Grey Eagle more like a hornpipe than a breakdown. He also played it in the unusual key of C (it normally appears in A). But there is no mistaking this melody; it is Grey Eagle. Stuart played it at a slow, stately pace, so don’t rush it. Play this with a good bit of swing, as if every pair of eighth notes were a dotted eighth and a sixteenth note (broken rhythm). You will find several bowed triplets; hold the first note of these triplets a little long and then rush the other two (almost, but not quite, like an eighth note and two sixteenth notes).


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