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Banjo tablatures for Whiskey Before Breakfast


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #irish music, #medium-tempo, #celtic

The "Whiskey before breakfast" tune is a broadly known tune that is no stranger to being mixed up with an ancient and conventional tune (it was listed recorded as part of the tunes on an album as "an Irish tune which has been well known in America for a number of years"). It has, for the most part, been credited to the mid-twentieth century in Manitoba, Canada. Also, by fiddler and composer, Andy deJarlis (known for his fine waltzes) probably on the quality of his copyrighted arrangement. This act of copyrighting an individual's unique arrangement of traditional or conventional tunes might be a common practice among music publishers. "Whiskey before Breakfast" was part of deJarlis' book Canadian Fiddle Tunes from Ruddy Waterway Valley (1957), where he is given credit for the arrangement only. Andy DeJarlis (1914-1975), according to Paul Gifford, the reel's popularity in the United States is recent. This is probably stemming from its incorporation on a Voyager Records LP called "More Fiddle Stick Sessions." It was also performed by Texas fiddle winner Dick Barrett. Nevertheless, it is quite unclear where Barrett learned the tune. Basically, it is all thanks to the recordings of Andy Dejarlis that this tune received the recognition that it got.

  • Banjo Whiskey Before Breakfast Single String Style

    Single String Style

    A lower octave arrangement than the melodic version. This version of Whiskey Before Breakfast gives you a great single string work out down the neck because of the mixture of open an...

    Banjo Whiskey Before Breakfast Single String Style
  • Banjo Whiskey Before Breakfast Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    Like most other melodic D tunes, Whiskey Before Breakfast features a large left hand stretch from the 9th fret 3rd string to the 5th fret 1st string. Make sure you're pressing down h...

    Banjo Whiskey Before Breakfast Melodic Style
  • Banjo Whiskey Before Breakfast Backup


    A straightforward backup arrangement of Whiskey Before Breakfast that gives you some 7th chord runs to throw in for some nice color.

    Banjo Whiskey Before Breakfast Backup