Martha Campbell

As played by Doc Roberts from the Kentucky region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Doc Roberts Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record (streaming audo here, earlier recording here)


Doc Roberts recorded Martha Campbell at least twice; once in his first recording session in 1925 and then again sometime between 1928 and 1930.  The second recording is much better preserved than the earlier one, so I have transcribed the later one.  (The video below is of the earlier recording, which would have been more difficult to transcribe due to degredation).

The most interesting variation in this tune shows up in the third repetition, which boasts a high variation of the B part.  That variation is also crooked, having two extra beats.

If you just want to get the gist of this tune, you can learn the transcription of the first time through the tune.  As usual with Doc's recordings, the first time through the tune admirably expresses the basic melody.

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