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Irish Washerwoman

Traditional Irish jig

Key of G  (Ionian) – 6/8 time

Straight harp – 1st position

 

Part A              (play twice)

 

(6*  5o)  5*  4*  4*  3*  4*  4*  5*  4*  5*  6*  5o  5*

 

5o  4o  4o  3o  4o  4o  5o  4o  5o  6o  6*  5o

 

 5*  4*  4*  3*  4*  4*  5*  4*  5*  6*  5o  5*

 

5o  5*  5o  4o  6*  5o  5*  4*  4*  4*--

 

 

Part B              (play twice)

 

(7*  8o)  8*  7*  7*  6*  7*  7*  8*  7*  8*  8*  8o  7*

 

8o  7o  7o  6*  7o  7o  8o  7o  8o  8o  7*  7o

 

6o  7o  7*  6*  7o  7*  5o  7o  7*  5*--  5*

 

5o  5*  5o  4o  6*  5o  5*  4*  4*  4*

 

 

Part A  (octave high)              (play twice)

 

(9*  8o)  8*  7*  7*  6*  7*  7*  8*  7*  8*  9*  9o  8*

 

9o  8o  8o  7o  8o  8o  9o  8o  9o  10o  9*  9o

 

8*  7*  7*  6*  7*  7*  8*  7*  8*  9*  9o  8*

 

9o  8*  9o  8o  9*  9o  8*  7*  7*  7*--

 

 

Typical playing pattern:  AA BB

 

 

Tab key:   o č  draw                                                                                           arranged for harmonica by Cara Cooke

                 * č  blow

-  č  hold note

Each number indicates the hole on the harmonica.

Each number/play-direction combination or dash indicates a beat so that the time can be simply counted.

Parentheses indicate “pick-up notes” which are not required for the basic tune, but may make it interesting.

(Pick-up notes steal their time from the notes around them, making them a little shorter.  Fit them in where you can.)

The “|” indicates a break in the phrase for reading ease.  The individual lines are broken at the end of the phrase.