Acrobat’s Hornpipe, College Hornpipe Medley Part Two

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Hornpipe in B flat

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

4 files for this tune:

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


1967 field recording of Benny Thomasson available here


This is the second tune in a medley of hornpipes from Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson. The medley began with College (Sailor’s) Hornpipe, followed by Acrobat’s Hornpipe and an as-yet unidentified hornpipe, and ended with a reprise of College.

This hornpipe shouldn’t be too difficult other than the potentially unfamiliar key.   Look out for sixteenth notes, and also fast triplets over sixteenth notes. There are so few drones and double-stops that I have not prepared a separate melody-only transcription for this hornpipe.

I am also including a transcription of the entire medley so that Acrobat’s Hornpipe can be seen in context.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle

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