Essence of Old Kentucky

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X:1 T:Essence of Old Kentucky M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:"Slow" N:A stage dance vehicle B:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F CDE|FzG AzB|cf2 z2f|fzd Bzd|c2z CDE|FzG AzB|cf2 z2f| g2^f g2a|g2z CDE|FzG AzB|cf2 z2f|f2d B2d|cAz a2a| a3 c'2a|g3 b2g|azb gza|f2 z||cde|f3 a2f| e3 g2e|d^cd fed|cAz z2A|(d3 d)zd|(c3 c)zA| G2^F G2A|G3 cde|f3 a2f|e3 g2e|d^cd fed| cAz z2[Aa]|[d3d'3]-[dd'] z[dd']|[c3c'3]-[cc'] z[Aa]|[G2g][^F^f] [G2g][Aa]|[=F3=f3]||



ESSENCE OF OLD KENTUCKY. AKA - "Essence of Old Virginia." American, ("Slow") Jig. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune was printed by Elias Howe in his Musucian's Omnivus Nos. 6 & 7 (1880-1882) as "Essence of Old Virginia", then, a year or so later as "Essence of Old Kentucky" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). Why the state changed in the title is unknown, but there were at least two other, different, tunes called "Essence of Old Virginny," and perhaps the title was changed to avoid more confusion. See note for "Essence of Old Virginny" for information on the "Essence..." type of tune.


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 24. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 635 (as "Essence of Old Virginia"). Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883.






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