Tunetorial description – 17 – Mr. Fishar’s Hornpipe – more commonly known as Fisher’s Hornpipe
Key of D – aDADE
In this, Tunetorial number 17, Dan "Clawdan" Levenson teaches the tune commonly known as Fisher’s Hornpipe.
The tune, while one of the solid core of the old time fiddle and banjo repertoire, is not an easy one. Yes, you can play simple versions of it, but if you want to get the notes of the tune, you need to work at it just a bit. Granted, you may not need all of the notes at a jam session or playing a dance, but it sure is nice to have the option to pick and choose the ones you DO want to play.
In this tunetorial, Dan will play the tune at a moderate speed adding to it as i goes. We break down sections on the fly. This one can be very basic or quite ornamental depending on how YOU want it to go. In this one it partly depends on how much work you want to do to get notes or how much you would prefer to stay in the back up realm. Variations can abound if you are of mind to find them. Remember though, when playing “nice” with others, there comes a point when your personal variations can make it not work with other versions. Odd chords and rhythmic textures can really throw off the jam. No matter, we even look at some of those!
This tune is tabbed out in Dan's book (tune 19 in) Old Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo (MB 30224).