Rattlesnake Jig (1)

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X:1 T:Rattlesnake Jig [1] M:2/4 L:1/8 B:Winner – New American School for the Banjo (1833, p. 34) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A (3E/A/c/|e>e (dB)|A>c E2|G>B eG|A>c E(3E/A/c/| e>e (dB)|A>c E2|(3EGB (3eBG|A z A2!Fine!:| |:A>(c B)A|c>e (dB)|e>e (dB)|A>c E2| A>(c B)A|c>e (dB)|e>e (dB)|Az A,!D.C.!y|]



RATTLESNAKE JIG [1]. American, Polka or Schottishe (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Banjoist and blackface minstrel G. Swaine Buckley was credited with the composition of "Rattlesnake Jig (1)" in his father's 1860 bamjo tutor. However, the tune had been printed (with parts reversed from the Buckleys) seventeen years earlier in Septimus Winner's New American School for the Banjo (1833), one of the first banjo tutors issued. No composer was credited for the tune in Winner's volume. A dance called the Rattlesnake Jig was a showpiece for master Irish-American dancer John Diamond (dancer) (1823-1857), which a playbill claimed had 120 steps.


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Printed sources : - James Buckley (Buckley's New Banjo Method), 1860; p. 19. Winner (New American School for the Banjo), 1833; p. 34.






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