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High Level Hornpipe

February 2011 2 Comments

by Stacy Phillips

In conjunction with Tim Woodbridge’s article, I present a transcription of the piece “High Level Hornpipe” mostly from the playing of the legendary Howard “Howdy” Forrester conflated with a bit (including those nasty Db notes) from Western style contest fiddler Jeff Guernsey.  Sections 3 and 4 are the ones that Woodbridge credits to Sid Plamador.

The Forrester transcription is from “America’s Favorite Fiddle Tunes – Hornpipes” available on my web site or directly from Mel Bay.

Listen to Carl Elliott’s version, linked in Woddbridge’s article, to hear a more French Canadian version of these sections.

Printable Version

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  • Mike Koenig (kay-nigg) said:

    On January 1, 2011, I started learning fiddle and mandolin using three very excellent Mel Bay multimedia teaching sets: “You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling” by Craig Duncan – Book/CD/DVD; “Old Time Fiddle Styles – 35 Fiddle Tunes” by Ken Kolodner Book/(mp3)CD; and “First Lessons Mandolin” by Dix Bruce – Book/CD/DVD. I cross-learn on both instruments using all three learning sets interchangeably on both instruments. As they say :”…works very well for me!!!”

    I listen to the CD’s as much as possible; and when I play, I start from the beginning of each book EVERYTIME I play. In three months I can play almost 45 songs from memory. Some older songs I have down much better than the newer ones, but I am very happy with my progress.

    I am 63 and retired. If I can do it — SO CAN YOU — if you have the desire, the drive and the patience. Mike K. – Racine, WI

  • Velocipede Hornpipe – Fiddle Tune a Day Day 145 - Vi Wickam said:

    [...] You guessed it, if you break it down, it becomes the High Level Hornpipe. [...]