Temperance Reel (Intermediate)

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Temperance Reel (Intermediate)

This may be the first fiddle tune I ever learned from another person. It goes by a couple names but in North America Temperance Reel and Teetotaler’s Reel are by far the most popular. The melody is of Irish origin and is sometimes ornamented as such, this arrangement makes no attempt to do so. The first recordings date back to 1915 and 1919 but the tune is sometimes speculated to be much older, without sheet music these claims are hard to substantiate though. By far the best alternate title for this song is “Where Is My Other Foot?”. This arrangement includes some arpeggio work in the B section and the usual optimizations of melodies for guitar. A must know for any bluegrass musician.

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Information on Temperance Reel courtesy of The Traditional Tune Archive.

This may be the first fiddle tune I ever learned from another person. It goes by a couple names but in North America Temperance Reel and Teetotaler’s Reel are by far the most popular. The melody is of Irish origin and is sometimes ornamented as such, this arrangement makes no attempt to do so. The first recordings date back to 1915 and 1919 but the tune is sometimes speculated to be much older, without sheet music these claims are hard to substantiate though. By far the best alternate title for this song is “Where Is My Other Foot?”. This arrangement includes some arpeggio work in the B section and the usual optimizations of melodies for guitar. A must know for any bluegrass musician.

(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).)