Get Out Your Canoe!

Today’s tune is


It is a very common guitar tune, and if you learn this, it will be another one of those tunes that will serve you well in many a jam session! I researched the tune and found this information at Mandolin Café:

This is the entry from Fiddler’s Companion

“OVER THE WATERFALL. AKA and see “The Fellow/Feller That Looks Like Me,” “Punkin Head.” Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, Virginia. D Major. Standard tuning. AB (Silberberg): AABB (most versions). Originally from fiddler Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, it was learned from directly from Reed and popularized in modern times by folklorist and fiddler Alan Jabbour. Reed himself may have learned it from hearing it emanating from a steam-driven calliope. “Over the Waterfall” is a melody that is fairly wide-spead throughout the British Isles and North America, explains Jabbour, and was used both for a well-known British-American song sometimes called “Eggs and Marrowbones” (AKA “Old Woman from Wexford,” “Old Woman in Dover,” “Wily Auld Carle” etc.) and as an instrumental tune. Comparison with “The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue [2]” in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) reveals a striking similarity between the two, and it is possible “Over the Waterfall” was adapted from an Irish source. Others have suggested that it may originally have been a composed piece from the turn of the century that was spread by travelling‑circus and riverboat musicians.”

Over the Waterfall – Gtr TAB   Here is the PDF with guitar TAB and notation.

The video here was taken at Camp Bluegrass in Texas, and the guitar player on the right, Richard, is one of two guitarist who gave me my start in flatpicking! Thank you, Richard!

Check out the menu at the top of this page, Fiddle Tunes, where you will find a practice video done at a moderate tempo played several times through.

Here in the Midwest, it’s a sunny day after a few days of wet weather, so it’s perfect for getting out my guitar. Why don’t you do the same? Have fun riding over the waterfall – whee!

Another reminder of my new page where I have put all of the PDF’s and practice video links all in one spot. Check out the dark blue menu banner across the top on this page!


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