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PREACHER'S FAVORITE. AKA - "Ladies Fancy (4)." Old-Time, Breakdown. D Major. ADae tuning (fiddle). AABBCD. The tune is a member of the "Rye Straw (1)" tune family, widely disseminated in the South and Mid-West. As musicologist Alan Jabbour points out (in notes to Virginia fiddler Henry Reed's "Rye Straw" at the Library of Congress ), the tune family is "characterized by an oscillation between keys, usually A and D, so that one is often uncertain which key is the true tonal center."
Source for notated version: Jim Davidson (Lincoln County, Oklahoma) [Thede].
Printed sources: Thede (The Fiddle Book), 1967; p. 98.