X: 1 T: THE DANCING BEAR C: Bob McQuillen 2 Feb 78 B: Bob's Note Book 3 #21 N: I have a wonderful friend who is a Bear named Oso and this tune is for him because N: he likes it. Barry Nielson likes it, too, and so its for him, too, with love from Mac. Z: 2000 John Chambers R: reel M: C L: 1/8 K: Em |: "Em"EFGF EFGF | EFGA G2E2 | "A"EFGF EFGF | EFGA G2E2 | | "Em"EFGF EFGF | EFGA B2e2 | "B7"B2Bc BAGF | "Em"G2E2 E4 :| |: "Em"e2ef gfef | gfe2 e4 | "A"e2ef gfef | gfe2 e4 | | "Em"e2ef gfef | gfe2 e2dc | "B7"BABc BcBA | "Em"GFE2 E4 :|
MP3: (Played slowly for learning)
Sheet Music*: Click image to enlarge. To download, right-click in enlarged image and "Save as...".
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Source (if known): Bob McQuillen
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Region: USA, New England
*Notes: The sheet music above shows guitar chords per David Kaynor (who knew Bob McQuillen), a very nice arrangement but subtly different from the ABC and YouTube above. Played on solo fiddle, this tune seems a bit repetitive, but add the chords, especially the C chord at the beginning of the fourth line, and it becomes wonderful.
The story goes that Bob McQuillen wrote this tune for a rather clumsy dancer. We like to play it three or four times, starting slowly and increasing the tempo with each repetition.