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Highlands Hornpipe

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: A#/Bb  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by KI4PRK, updated: 9/8/2009
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Notes: Highlands Hornpipe is a two-part Canadian fiddle tune in Bb & F major. I think there may be a third part or bridge in G minor floating around out there, but I'm not sure. The form is AABB, ending with the first part (AA). E.G., you're at a jam, the fiddle plays AABB, the mandolin plays AABB, the banjo plays AABB, and the fiddle plays AABBAA, end of tune. This is a nice smooth piece, and fortunately it's not too hard to get the real smoothness. There is some "cross-picking" (crossing one right-hand finger over another), and some dropping the middle finger inside. The A section is in Bb & the B section is in F. Has a Rhythm Guitar & Bass rhythm track. Have fun!

3 comments

Duc7 Says:
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @2:31:34 PM
This is actually a 19th century hornpipe written by James Hill, who lived in the north of England, and is called the "High Level Hornpipe" after the High Level Bridge in Scotland. Although a two-part tune, many fiddlers play a 3rd and 4th part (in Gm & Bb respectively), which is actually another tune called "The Fair at Ballinasloe" (Irish, originally in C & Am) tacked on. Anyway, this is a really excellent version.....Skip Holmes.

KI4PRK Says:
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 @7:20:47 PM
Thanks a lot for the info! Glad you like it. I think it's a great tune.

kmwaters Says:
Saturday, November 5, 2016 @12:27:25 PM
Awesome!! Tapping toes.

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