The Dancing Bear reel

Also known as Dancing Bear.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Dancing Bear has been added to 91 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
e2 ef gfef|gf e2 dcB2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
The tune is pretty basic. I can't remember Apart chords, but the B harmonies are Em|Em|A|A|C|C|B7|Em:||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Em|Em|A|A|Em|Em|B7|Em
ABC
X: 4
T: The Dancing Bear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|d2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
c#2 ef gfe2|c2 ef gfe2|B2Bc BAGF|G2E2 E3z:|
Em|Em|D|D|A/C#(C# in bass.. or not)|C|B|Em
ABC

Six comments

Chords

The tune is pretty basic. I can’t remember Apart chords, but the B harmonies are Em|Em|A|A|C|C|B7|Em:||

Dancing Bear

Rodney Miller has a pretty cool version of this tune on his Airplang album.

writtenby Bob McQuillen
Chords on the 1st part are identical to the 2nd part or sometimes played:
Em|Em|A|A|Em|Em|B7|Em

Tune/Chord Variation

I played it this way with my band.. I find it much more interesting.

X: 1
T: Dancing Bear, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
|:EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|EFGF EFGF|EFGA G2 E2|
EFGF EFGF|EFGA B2 e2|B2BA BcBA|GFE2 E3z:|
|:e2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|d2 ef gfef|gf e2 e3z|
c#2 ef gfe2|c2 ef gfe2|B2Bc BAGF|G2E2 E3z:|

Then.. the b part chords..
Em|Em|D|D|A/C#(C# in bass.. or not)|C|B|Em

Fun fun fun..

A fun, kind of midless tune that sometimes just kind of plays itself. Often played for dances.
Makes me want to sing that song "wa wa wa wa wa- waltzing with bears"

Dancing Bear slightly modified

I first heard this tune from a guy named Jeff Katz. His arrangement was so dynamic it completely changed the tune from a rather standard dance tune to a performance piece.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76QRtYHwSPE

The boy is Jeff’s son, the girl his neice.