The High Reel

Reel, A Mixolydian, traditional Irish
Also know as: Duffy the Dancer

The High Reel. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together September 10, 2023. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay.

The High Reel lives up to its title, sounding a high and clear fanfare as it starts. Pitched up at A, it’s a great tune for letting the open fiddle strings ring.


Sheet Music

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Sheet music with chords for The High Reel, traditional Irish reel in A Mixolydian. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Very slow tempo 45bpm
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.