The Hair In The Gate reel

Also known as The Hare In The Gate.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Hair In The Gate has been added to 35 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Hair In The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
EAAG A2 Ac| Be d2 d2 ed| cAAG A2 Ac| B2 Be eedg|
EAAG A2 Ac| Beed efed| ceac BAGA| (3cBA BG ABcA|
EAAG A2 Ac| Be d2 d2 ed| cAAG A2 Ac| B2 Be eedg|
EAAG A2 Ac| Beed efed| ceac BAGA| (3cBA BG ABce|
f2 fe defd| ec (3AAA Acec| f2 fe defd| e2 eg gage|
f2 fe defd| ec (3AAA Acec| ecAc dBGB| (3cBA BG ABce|
f2 fe defd| ec (3AAA Acec| f2 fe defd| e2 eg gage|
f2 fe defd| ec (3AAA Acec| ceAc dBGB| (3cBA BG A4|
X: 2
T: The Hair In The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
EAAG A2 Ac| Be d2 d2 ed| cAAG A2 Ac| B2 Be eedg|
EAAG A2 Ac| Beed efed| ceac BAGA|1 (3cBA BG ABcA :|2 (3cBA BG ABce||
f2 fe defd| ec (3AAA Acec| f2 fe defd| e2 eg gage|
f2 fe defd| ec (3AAA Acec| ecAc dBGB |1 (3cBA BG ABce :|2 (3cBA BG A4|]
X: 3
T: The Hair In The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
EAAG (3AAA Ac|Beed eeed|cA (3AAA AB (3BBA |Beed eAeg|
EAAG (3AAA Ac| Beed efed|ceac (3BBA GA|1 (3BBA Bc AGFA :|2 (3BBA Bc ABce||
ef (3ffe defA| ec (3ccA AceA|ef (3ffe defA|eg (3gg^g ageg|
ef (3ffe defA| ec (3ccA AceA| ecAd -dBGB |1 (3cBA BG ABce :|2 (3cBA BG A4|]

Three comments

A great reel from the pen of Jim Sutherland.

Title

"hair in the gate" is a film motion picture camera term. The gate is the opening behind the lens where the film is held in place for an exposure to be made when the shutter is open. Sometimes, film emulsion is scraped off in the camera movement, creating a piece of dust that can get caught in the opening of the gate, casting its shadow onto the film. That shadow becomes a dark giant fiber dancing on the edge of the projected image, ruining that piece of film.

When shooting, the camera assistant looks into the camera to inspect the gate periodically, hoping to find a clean gate. If a hair is found, the assistant calls out "hair in the gate", and the crew knows to shoot another take after the gate has been cleaned. It’s frustrating because the last take may have been a perfect performance, all of the elements in that shot came together just right, or worse yet, maybe it was a one of a kind shot, where a car blows up, or some other expensive set piece is destroyed and there is only one chance to shoot it. On the set, we never want to hear the phrase "Hair in the gate" but this is cool tune. I like it!

The Hair In The Gate

I transcribed this tune as best as I could from the Damaris Woods recording on "With a Banjo on My Knee". I really enjoy her placement of triplets so I included them as I heard them in the recording- naturally she does more variants than what I have written.