Fair Morning Hornpipe

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This tune is a great tune, but I must say that I’ve not really heard anyone play it as a hornpipe! I like giving it a little lilt on the guitar, however.:) I found that there is an almost identical tune to this named Nancy. It seems to be popular among banjo players. And, although it’s titled as a hornpipe, which we generally associate with celtic music, it seems to have originated in West Virginia from the playing of the famous fiddler, Wilson Douglas.

Fair Morning Hornpipe is usually played in the key of D, but it was much easier to play it on the guitar in the key of C, and then capo on the 2nd fret to put it in the key of D. Hooray for capos!!

Here is the notation and guitar TAB – Fair Morning Hornpipe – Gtr TAB

The group in this video does a nice job of playing the tune – they make it a truly musical experience.

As always, grab your guitar and try it out. Here in the Midwest, it’s cold and blucky, and perfect for sitting down a spell. You’ll be glad that you did!