Opera Reel

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

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1971 field recording of Benny Thomasson


According to the Fiddler’s Companion, this widespread North American reel may be related to or descended from the English tune Duke of Cornwall’s Reel. This lovely reel has four parts; the B, C, and D parts are each only half the length of the A part. Look out for sixteenth notes, triplets (including triplets over sixteenth notes), and accidentals.

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Texas Fiddle

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