Elzic’s Farewell (Intermediate)

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Elzic's Farewell (Intermediate)

This tune is said to have come from a West Virginian bagpiper who played as he left to fight in the Civil War. Elzic never returned home to West Virginia but his melody has lived on.

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Information on Elzic’s Farewell courtesy of The Traditional Tune Archive.
Appears in this YouTube video.

Elzic’s Farewell is a minor sounding 3-part fiddle tune in A Dorian. This tune is said to have come from a West Virginian bagpiper who played as he left to fight in the Civil War. Elzic never returned home to West Virginia but his melody has lived on. This arrangement requires no capo, unlike the Norman Blake version but does borrow the chord choices of Nancy Blake over the A part.

(Intermediate guitar tabs include an ornamented version of the melody, chord markings above, and more often than not, a kick-off and a tag. Where the beginning guitar tabs had quarter notes expect there to now be a steady stream of eighth notes! These tabs, though more difficult than the beginning tabs, do not stray far from the melody like the advanced guitar tabs. Intermediate tabs without a bluegrass kick-off or tag generally come from other traditions such as Irish Fiddle Music (Frank’s Reel) or Spanish Folk Songs (La Borrachita).)