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JOHNNY GALBRAITH. Scottish, Strathspey. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD'. Of note is the opening leap in the third strain between low 'C' and high 'g', necessitating the difficult-to-execute crossing of four strings on the violin. Jack Campin [1] finds an earlier version of the tune under the title of "Willie Galbreath" in a flute manuscript of c. 1825, now in the National Library of Scotland (MS.21733). It is set in the key of 'G' which puts significant portions of it in the upper register (necessitating difficult position changes for fiddlers, hence MacDonald's transposing it to 'C').

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 160.

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