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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.
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!
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.
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...
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?
So basically it becomes bluegrass.