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X:1 T:Good Girl, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Preston's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1793 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C [G,2E2c2] ec BdGB|[G,2E2c2] ec BdGB|c2 cG cege|dcBA G2G2:| |:Gceg {g}f2 ed|GBdf {f}e2 dc|Gceg|Acfa|gfed c2c2:| |:E2 {G}(F>E/2F/4) G3c|GFED {F}E2 DC|E2 {G}(F>E/2F/4) G3A|GFED C3:| |:e|fadf egce|defd cBAG|f4 e2c2|edcB|c4:|]

GOOD GIRL, THE. English, Country Dance or Reel. C Major (Preston); D Major (Ryan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. A reel-time country dance of English origin. It is interesting to compare Preston and Ryan's versions, separated by nearly a century. Both print country dance directions with the melody. The tune was also entered into Seth Johnson's (Woburn, Mass.) music manuscript collection for the fife in the early 19th century. Johnson was a fifer and his ms. comtains a good deal of martial music, but includes dance tunes as well.

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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 26. Preston (Preston's Twenty-Four Country Dances for the Year 1793), No. 219, p. 90. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883;

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