Ed Haley Fiddle Tune Transcriptions
Several people have expressed interest in my transcriptions of Ed Haley's
tunes, so I am making them available on the web. You can click on
the links below to view the ones that I have done so far. I don't
know if I am going to be doing any more for a while, though.
Should you learn the tunes from these transcription? Of course
not. What you should do is get the CDs and listen to them.
You should use the notation in the same fashion that you use the notes
you took in class. They don't capture the totality of the lecture,
but they should contain enough information to jog your memory so that you
can master the material and pass the tests. But it is my humble observation
that there are a lot of people going around playing Ed Haley tunes who
have not listened to the recordings very much.
If you listen to the recordings (and you should) you will realize that
the transcriptions below do not in any fashion represent complete or absolutely
precise versions. His renditions of tunes are varied and somewhat
unpredictable. Nevertheless, I have tried to capture what I feel
is something close to the core or soul of the tune, mainly for my own learning.
Others may listen to the records (as they should) and find a come up with
somewhat different interpretations.
If you are one of those people who strongly objects in principle to trying
to notate traditional fiddle music and wants to make it into an issue -
sorry, but I am not interested discussing it with you. I don't really
want to be a grouch, but - well, lets just say I'm tired of having that
I know that my transcriptions are not complete and do not capture all the
intricacies of Ed Haley's playing. What I tried to do was strictly
personal, and that was to learn a few new tunes to play. I freely
admit, however, that there is a lot that I am neglecting.
If you have any questions about my approach, methodology, or why I did
things the way I did, please feel free to write me and I will be very happy
to dicsuss it with you. You can email me via my home page (link below).
The CDs, by the way, are Ed
Haley - Forked Deer (Rounder 1131/32) and Ed
Haley - Grey Eagle (Rounder 1133/34). The liner notes are by
Mark Wilson and Gus Meade, with much additional material by John Hartford.
They are incredibly detailed and make fascinating reading. The recording
quality is bad to horrible, due to the nature of the recording process
used and the physical condition of the media, but listen to them with the
ear of a musician. His playing is absolutely fabulous.
CHERRY RIVER RAG
GARFIELD'S BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM
HALF PAST FOUR
INDIAN ATE A WOODCHUCK
NO CORN ON TYGART
THREE FORKS OF SANDY
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