Yankee Doodle, Patriotic Medley Part Two

As played by Daniel Dix Hollis from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in B flat

From the Daniel Dix Hollis Collection

5 files for this tune:

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

Source:

78rpm record (MP3 here)

Comments:

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.

Hollis’ version of Yankee Doodle seems to be much better developed than that of Dixie. It still has some melodic surprises, though. If you are wanting to learn Hollis’ version of this tune, I would avoid the introductory B part as he seemed to have some trouble with the key change. Look out for bowed triplets in the A part the second time through. Otherwise, it shouldn’t be too difficult if you cross-tune and get used to playing B-flats and E-flats.

Cross-tune to GDGD.

 


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