aka …My Blue Eyed Gal; Western Country; Suzanna Gal
Key of D – aDADE
In this, tunetorial number 45, Dan "Clawdan" Levenson teaches Fly Around. This tune is probably one of the most often played tunes at jams and dances of all time. It is one of the first ones Dan uses when teaching folks about old time music. While it is a fairly simple melody, it is full of subtleties and options on how simple or comples to make this tune.
Likewise, there are a LOT of recorded sources of this tune from folks like Frank George, Wade Ward, Chirps Smith, Henry Reed and Glen Smith. Look up a few to get a good sense of the tune then give 'er a go!
This version of Fly Around is tabbed out in Dan's book Old Time Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo (MB 20313).
Bonus – this is NOT the only version there is. For fun, Dan has added an alternate version of this tune at the end of the tune-torial. “Another version?” you ask – yes. Seems that “Frank Blevins and His Tar Heel Rattlers” (Dan accidentally references them in the video as the Carolina Tar Heels) recorded it back in the early 20th century with a mildly different melody but dramatically different chord structure but what a GREAT version of the tune. He did it in G, Dan keeps it in D and you can hear Frank on the Music From the Lost Provinces recording, which is still available.
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