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GUEST,Q Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen (31) RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen 02 Aug 03

"Cluck Old Hen"
Fiddle with guitar accompaniment, audio, on American Memory.
Henry Reed, fiddle, Watha Reed, guitar. Glen Lyn, VA, 1966.

Musical Features
Key: A
Meter: 4/4
Strains: 2(high-low, 2-2)
Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r
Phase structure: AB QR (aba'c qrq'c)
Compass: 10

Notes: "Well-known tune and song through the Appalachian South, quite distinct from another barnyard evocation, "Cackling Hen," which is played in G. The song... consists of a series of playful verses. As an instrumental tune, it is popular on both fiddle and banjo. On the fiddle, one of the tune's special features is the "cluck" made by left-hand picking of the strings. In Henry Reed's second performance (AFS 13703b26) [the audio provided], the "cluck" is the open E-string, though other fiddlers use both the E and A-strings, or even the E, A, and D-strings. ....."

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