I was scanning music recently and came across this arrangement of Under The Double Eagle by Ellis. and thought I would share it.  The Walter Jacobs arrangement is much better to play, but I like the cool title sheet on this one. 

https://archive.org/details/under-the-double-eagle-march-arr-ellis/...

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Whoa!  One bird with 2 crowned heads and the bird looks more like a chicken than an eagle. And the heads look a bit  more like the head of a weasel than the head of a bird. Under The Double Chicken?  Under The Double Weasel?  Yikes!

Looks polydactyl too. That breeding program has got to stop!

This was the first piece I played when I started learning the guitar. Norman Blake made it sound so easy...

I learned to play a version on guitar when I was about 14 years old. After hearing Charlie Waller of the Country Gentlemen play it I just had to try it. But I had a small guitar and couldn't get my strings to sound like they were attached to an enormous Dreadnought model guitar like the one Charlie played.  Later I found out that playing Under The Double Eagle was a specialty of Texas acoustic flat top guitar players.  In the southeast the Necessary Piece was Wildwood Flower. In Texas it was The Double Eagle. 

Trapdoor2 said:

Looks polydactyl too. That breeding program has got to stop!

This was the first piece I played when I started learning the guitar. Norman Blake made it sound so easy...
Yah, that figures. Lots of German immigrants went to Texas. I learned WWF at the same time.

Is it not easier to play when you cut out the intro and A parts and just repeat the B and trio parts over and over?

Absolutely. Of course then it is too short. To compensate, it either devolves into exponential complexity or is tossed back and forth from instrument to instrument until they're dragged offstage...

So basically it becomes bluegrass.

Unless the bass player starts rapping to the beat. Then you have polka-rap-grass.

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