Jesse Polka / Jesusita en Chihuahua

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jesse Polka" by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés.  This song is for my friend Carlos Salazar.

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Genre: Bluegrass
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Jesse Polka."

Jesse Polka - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Jesse Polka - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Jesse Polka - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Jesse Polka - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Jesse Polka - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Jesusita en Chihuahua" is a Mexican polka which was written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés while he was serving as a Lt. Colonel in the Mexican Revolution and directing the military band in Puebla.  Its premiere was held on Christmas Day 1916 and it has since been covered by a multitude of artists, under a variety of names. The composition became a trademark of the Mexican Revolution and was Pancho Villa's favorite musical piece to have his bands play during combat.  "Jesusita en Chihuahua" came to be known by some as the "J.C. Polka" for short and overtime this developed into the "Jesse Polka" (or the "Jessie Polka"). Texas swing band Cliff Bruner and the Texas Wanderers started playing the piece in 1938 under the "Jessie Polka" name, bringing it great popularity. Cliff Bruner reportedly learned the piece as a child from Mexican farm workers in Beaumont, Texas. The piece also came to be known by the name "The Cactus Polka" under Lawrence Welk. (wikipedia)

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    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Jesse Polka.

    This is a great tune – not only because its for my friend Carlos Salazar – but because it’s the Mexican Revolution fight song! I really can’t imagine fighting a battle to this tune – it’s a little too happy.

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/jessie-polka-jesusita-en-chihuah-fiddle-lesson/

    #5844

    White Family
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    Do you have any tips for the bowing on this song?

    Thanks!

    #5845

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Great questions — but I bow it differently every time! I have gone back into the tablature and notation and adding some bowing suggestions for several of the tougher parts. You may have to refresh it in order to see my changes. I hope it helps! John

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