Such A Gettin’ Upstairs reel

Also known as Such A Gathering Upstairs.

Such A Gettin' Upstairs has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Such A Gettin' Upstairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fedB A2d2|cdef e2de|fedB A2d2|cdec d2de:|
|:fefg a2a2|f2g2 a2a2|abaf afef|gfed e2de:|
2
X: 2
T: Such A Gettin' Upstairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ag|fdec A2c2|dfed f2g2|fdec A2c2|1 dfec d2:|2 dfec d2 a>g||
f2g2a2d2|f2g2 a3a|b2a2g2f2|e2f2g2||
3
X: 3
T: Such A Gettin' Upstairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ed|c2A2E2A2|GABc dfed|c2A2E2A2|GABG A2:|
e2|c3d e2A2|c2d2e4|f2e2d2c2|B2c2 dfed|
c3d e2A2|c2d2 e4|f2e2d2c2|B2c2 dfed||

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About this tune

Classic early American tune which came in many forms, keys but unfortunately underplayed in today’s old time scene. Great simplicity, yet very effective.

Here’s another version from the Fiddler’s Companion: (old)
T:Getting Upstairs
L:1/8
M:2/2
S:"Uncle Jim" Chisholm, Albermarle County, Va.
K:D
ag|fdec A2c2|dfed f2g2|fdec A2c2|1 dfec d2:|2 dfec d2 a>g||
f2g2a2d2|f2g2 a3a|b2a2g2f2|e2f2g2||

Interesting:

The English collector Cecil Sharp made a cylindar recording of this tune in 1909 of the playing of English musician John Locke, Leominster, Hereford, described as a “gipsy fiddler” (see abc below).

X:3
T:Getting Up Stairs I Never Did See
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:John Locke (1909)
K:A
ed | c2A2E2A2 | GABc dfed | c2A2E2A2 | GABG A2 :|
e2 | c3d e2A2 | c2d2e4 | f2e2d2c2 | B2c2 dfed |

c3d e2A2 | c2d2 e4 | f2e2d2c2 | B2c2 dfed ||

"Some like whiskey,some like tea
Some like a pretty girl just like me
Such a getting upstairs you never saw before
Such a getting upstairs you never saw before"