Oriole Hornpipe

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Hornpipe in A

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


1967 field recording of Benny Thomasson available here


Some explanation about the structure of the recording and transcription may be in order. The recording was made during an informal jam session. It cuts in during an A part, so perhaps two lines are missing from the A part the first time through in the transcription. After playing the tune twice, Thomasson stopped and said “Let me try to get the first part right there.” The recording then cut out, and resumed during a B part. I did not transcribe that partial B part, but resumed transcribing at the subsequent A part, which starts the third time through the tune in the transcription.

The last line of the A part the third time through, after Thomasson said that he wanted to get it right, is different from the last line of the A part the previous two times. Therefore, I suspect that he would probably have considered the A part the third time through to be more authoritative.

This is a lovely hornpipe, named after a very pretty bird, and shouldn’t be very difficult. Just watch out for sixteenth notes.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle

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