Single Footing Horse

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SINGLE FOOTING HORSE. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Tennesse. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. From influential Tennessee musician Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. The Single-Footing Horse [1] is a light breed of good conformation, attractive in appearance and smooth riding. The term ‘single-footing’ stems from the fact that at the fastest speeds the horse travels with one foot on the ground at a time.

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I always did love a black horse and I had a beauty, a single-footer named Peacock. He could travel like the wind and had the best endurance I ever saw in a horse. Everybody was trying to make a deal to get hold of him. They even tried to win him as a stake in a gambling game. I couldn't part with him, for we had been pals too long. [1]


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Tim O'Brien [Phillips]; Fiddlin' Arthur Smith [Maloy/Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box, vol. 19, No. 1, Spring, 1985; p. 27. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 223. Welling (Welling’s Hartford Tunebook), 1976; p. 6.

Recorded sources : - Bay 209, "The Gypsy Gyppo String Band" (1977). Folkways FW31007, The McGee Brothers and Arthur Smith – “Milk ‘em in the Evening Blues” (1968).

See also listing at :
Hear Arthur Smith's recording at Slippery Hill [2] and youtube.com [3]



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  1. As told to Ramon F. Adams by Bob Kennon, "From the Pecos to the Powder. A Cowboy's Autobiography", 1965.