Rickett’s Hornpipe

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Hornpipe in D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


Recording of Clark Kessinger released on the album Clark Kessinger: Old Time Music with Fiddle and Guitar


I have said before that one mark of a good fiddler is the ability to take boring old tunes and breathe new life into them. In my mind, Kessinger did that with Rickett’s Hornpipe. Even though this is some of his later material, he didn’t get to grassy, Texasy (is that even a word?), or swingy until the last measure of the ending, which has some nice jazzy chords. He didn’t play any dramatic variations; just enough melodic variation to keep the tune interesting. There’s nothing difficult here. Kessinger used a little bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato.

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