Little Diamond (1)

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LITTLE DIAMOND [1]. American, Dance Tune (2/4 or 4/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Listed as a 'jig' in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, referring to a type of duple-time, syncopated 19th century old-time banjo tune and solo dance, rather than the more familiar Irish jig in 6/8 time. Tunes such as this were often called "straight" or "sand" jigs (the latter from the practice of spreading sand on a stage floor to reduce friction). Most sand jigs appear to have been vehicles for stage dancers of the latter 19th century.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 82. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 430, p. 49. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 115.

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