Under the Double Eagle

As played by Bob Larkan from the Arkansas region

March in B flat

From the Bob Larkan Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


1928 Recording (Partial MP3 available at slippery-hill.com)


Larkan was not afraid of alternate tunings, and often recorded while tuned to FDAE. He played Under the Double Eagle tuned to a more conventional tuning, DDAD, which happens to be one of my favorites. It allows for some really nice low notes. He played it in two parts. The B part features the same melody as the A part, but an octave higher, going up to a high C on the first string. Both parts are crooked, with the second line of each part two beats shorter than the other lines.

Tune to DDAD.


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