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Fiddle Lessons: “Hangman's Reel”

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[MUSIC]
This
tune was made popular by Tim O'Brien and
Bryan Sutton.
And it is a very old one.
It's a very traditional tune, but it's got
a lot of parts.
It's got five parts I believe.
Which is kinda typical of these, these
hanging tunes.
You know, because, usually the story with
these kinda tunes is that,
the fiddle player is about to be hanged.
And he just requests that he get to play
one more fiddle tune before he's
hanged for whatever crime he's committed,
usually involving fiddling.
And course, those are the tunes that have
a lot of parts to them.
They go on and on.
And this one's no exception.
It's called the Hangman's Reel.
And some nice things about this tune.
It's very bluegrassy now.
It started as more of an old timey thing.
The very first part, the A part.
Starts, started at as sorta a really kinda
old time.
[MUSIC].
That kinda thing.
And it was sorta turned into a little bit
more
precise tune by Bryan who did a beautiful
job.
Turning it into actual notes.
[MUSIC].
Definitely preserving the kinda running in
place kinda feeling.
And yet, putting real notes in, which is
great.
And very certain tradition of, of
Bluegrass making things clearer.
And yet, still giving them a lot of drive.
So here, we're gonna do The Hangman's
Wheel which I usually describe as
being a lot like Big Sciota but in A.
And then the phone rings and you hang out
in E and then it's Forked Deer for awhile.
But in A.
So, there's another way to think about it.
But the best way, is to just play the
tune.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
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