Flatpick the Fiddle Tune "Forked Deer"
The traditional fiddle tune â€śForked Deerâ€ť is an old American melody that was first notated in George P. Knauffâ€™s 1839 tune collection Virginia Reels.There are numerous explanations for the title, including the fact that there is a Forked Deer River in Tennessee and a Fauquier County in Virginia, where it is often thought to have originated. Texas fiddler Eck Robertson recorded â€śForked Deerâ€ť in 1922 in the session that produced the first commercial recording of traditional fiddle music, although his recording of â€śForked Deerâ€ť was never released. Fiddler Charlie Bowmanâ€™s recording in 1928 was probably the first version issued on record, and it has been recorded numerous times since. Dan Craryâ€™s 1970 recording on Bluegrass Guitar introduced â€śForked Deerâ€ť to flatpicking guitarists, and Crary describes it as â€śone of the great, majestic fiddle tunes.â€ť The first eight measures of my arrangement are transcribed here.
Excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials