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Good giggly wiggly, I’m glad that’s behind us!
At long last, for those of us in the states, the election has finally passed, and I think we could all use a musical catharsis.
Perhaps a tune about fox chasin’!
Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase, suggested by Breakthrough Banjo member Cory S., was first recorded in 1927 by “Vance’s Tennessee Breakdowners” (and initially dubbed Washington County Fox Chase). Not only is it a delightfully rollickin’ tune, but it also sounds extra sweet in open C tuning, so it provides an opportunity to add to that repertoire. After all, if you’re gonna go through the anxiety of cranking up that 1st string, you might as well stay there a while!
You’ll note that it’s a crooked tune to boot, meaning it doesn’t conform to the usual even measured template of a fiddle tune, perhaps to evoke the chaos of huntin’ foxes. So keep your ears peeled for some extra beats, and give your brain a bit of extra time to wrap itself around its meandering structure.
And be sure to make those dogs bark loud in the B part!
Now go forth and release some pent-up energy…and the hounds!
Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase
gCGCE tuning, Brainjo level 3-4
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