College Hornpipe (Sailor’s Hornpipe), College Hornpipe Medley Part One and Reprise

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Hornpipe in B flat

From the Benny Thomasson 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)


1967 field recording of Benny Thomasson available here


Benny Thomasson played College Hornpipe (also known as Sailor’s Hornpipe) in a medley with Acrobat’s Hornpipe an as-yet unidentified hornpipe. He started with College, then played Acrobat’s followed by the unidentified hornpipe, and finally reprised College.

I have always played this hornpipe in the key of D, but I think it works better in Bb. Thomasson apparently liked the B part better than the A part, as he played it more times than the A part. Note that the field recording cuts in during the B part, so I don’t have the A part of College Hornpipe from the beginning of the medley. The reprise does have a complete A part, however. There shouldn’t be anything too difficult other than the possibly unfamiliar key. Look out for sixteenth notes, and also fast triplets over sixteenth notes.

I am also including a transcription of the entire medley so that this version of College Hornpipe can be seen in context.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Sailor's Hornpipe

Texas Fiddle

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