The Happy One Step hornpipe

Also known as The Happy One-Step.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Happy One Step has been added to 17 tune sets.

The Happy One Step has been added to 119 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Happy One Step
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d>G B>d- d>G B>d|g>c e>g- g>a g>e|d>G B>d- d>B- B>A|A>G G>E D2 G>B|
d>G B>d- d>G B>d|g>c e>g- g>a g>e|d>G B>G A>G E>D|1 E>G G>G- G2 A>G:|2 E>G G>G- G2 B>d||
b>d b>b- b>d b>d|a>d a>a- a>d a>d|b>d b>b- b>d b>d|c'>d c'>c'- c'>d c'>d|
b>d b>b- b>d b>d|a>d a>a- a>d a>d|b>d b>b- b>d b>d|c'>d b>d- a>d g>e||

Twelve comments

Happy one step

This tune is actually a Cajun one step but I had to choose a hornpipe tempo because there is any Cajun one step options. Sharon Shannon seems to like this one. Even before I listen to ITM I knew this tune because it was on a advert on TV.

Sharon Shannon’s “Blackbird” set ( Padraig O’Keefe’s slide followed by the Happy One Step) is one big reason why I wanted to learn how to play the button accordion.

Happy one step

I know its a really sweet tune. Everybody seem to like it. Pretty hard on the banjo though.

I know it as Willafjord. I think. I might be getting confused with another tune.

i agree with Paul-Kin. difficult enough with banjo

Happy comparison

Folkie Junkie, there is indeed a one step version of Willafjord which appears as sheetmusic at: the melodies are hardly the same but the set-rhythm makes the tunes comparable.

The 1st part is pentatonic but the 4th is v present in the hexatonic (7th-less) 2nd part.

The first part is hexatonic. No F.

The Happy One Step, X:2

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Re: The Happy One Step

Found by listening to Sharon Shanno: it has surely become her signature tune over the years (that and Galway Girl), and now if you go to one of her gigs, she’ll stop playing and the audience of devoted fans can and will sing the tune (even in Glasgow!) Yes, and as another button accordion player she is one of my icons!

Re: The Happy One Step

The Dennis McGee original (with 4-bar repeating phrases) was played in GDGD tuning (with A fingering) so the high part was all on the 1st string and the low note was the open string.
So perhaps transposing to A might make it easier on the fiddle.