Dixie, Patriotic Medley Part One

As played by Daniel Dix Hollis from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in E flat

From the Daniel Dix Hollis 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 (MP3 here)


Alabama fiddler Dr. D. D. Hollis recorded a medley of two patriotic songs from America’s two great revolutions: Dixie and Yankee Doodle. He played Dixie in the key of E-flat, and then modulated to the key of B-flat for Yankee Doodle. Both are very interesting, as the melodies Dr. Hollis played aren’t quite what we’re used to. He cross-tuned to GDGD, enabling him to easily get double-stops that would be rather difficult to achieve in standard tuning.

Dixie seems to be less developed than his version of Yankee Doodle. He only played it one-and-a-half times through. He seemed to have some trouble getting started, so if you want to learn this version, I would recommend the A part at the end of this transcription rather than the A part at the beginning. Oddly, Hollis played Dixie crookedly. The crookedness does seem to be consistent, so I can only assume it was intentional.

Cross-tune to GDGD.


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