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Swallowtail

Traditional Irish Jig

Key of Em (Dorian) – 6/8 time

Blues minor (double cross) – 3rd position

 

 

 

Part A:

Em

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

D

5* 4* 4* 6* 4* 4*  |  7* 7o 7* 6* 5o 5*---

Em

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

Em                             D    Em

7* 7o 7* 6* 5o 5*  |  5o 4o 4o 4o---

 

(repeat once)

 

 

Part B:

Em

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

Em                                     D

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

Em

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

Em                             D    Em

7* 7o 7* 6* 5o 5*  |  5o 4o 4o 4o---

 

(repeat once)

 

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.