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NIMBLE FINGERS [2]. Scottish, Quickstep. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed in 1926 by Aberdeenshire fiddler and composer biography:J. Murdoch Henderson (1902-1972), dedicated to a blind pianist from Aberdeen named Miss Carr. Cape Breton fiddler Joe MacLean recorded the melody on an early 78 RPM disc. Paul Cranford (1997) notes the tune was meant to be played as a listening tune at something slower than dance tempo, but that Winston Fitzgerald 'smoothed out' some of the ending arpeggios and chromatics to enable him to play it for dances.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources : - Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 96, p. 40. Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935.

Recorded sources: -

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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