Herman’s Hornpipe

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Hornpipe in D and A

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


1967 field recording of Benny Thomasson available here


This is a fairly simple hornpipe, but it does have a key change.  The A part is in the key of D, while the B and C parts are in the key of A.  (I’m not sure if what I have identified as a C part is really a distinct part; I have called it such because the chord progression is different than what I identified as a B part.)  Look out for sixteenth notes and triplets, including triplets over sixteenth notes.

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