Hangman’s Reel (Intermediate)

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Hangman's Reel (Intermediate)

This tune has a confused history, it possible has a relative in the Québecois tune “Reel du Pendu” which translates to Hanged Man’s Reel. As I’ve arranged it here, the tune has four parts and the A part has a passing resemblance to Big Sciota. I first played it on a gig in Asheville, NC and I’ve transcribed it as the musicians I played with there performed it.

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Information on Hangman’s Reel courtesy of Traditional Tune Archive.

This tune has a confused history, it possible has a relative in the Québecois tune “Reel du Pendu” which translates to Hanged Man’s Reel. As I’ve arranged it here, the tune has four parts and the A part has a passing resemblance to Big Sciota. I first played it on a gig in Asheville, NC and I’ve transcribed it as the musicians I played with there performed it.

(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).)