Coming Down from Denver on a Trip to Galway Here and There

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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Field recording of Gene Goforth


I absolutely love this version of Coming Down from Denver.  I first heard it on John Hartford's Hamilton Ironworks album, on which Hartford performed a fairly faithful rendition of Goforth's version.

This is a quite challenging tune, but absolutely worth the effort to master it.  The C part poses a particular challenge, as it goes up to high C-sharps and even high Es.  I recommend playing the high parts in third position.  To do this, at the beginning of the C part, play the high A with your index finger.  Then your middle finger will naturally fall on the high B, and your fourth finger will fall on the high C#.  Slide up to the high E with your fourth finger or pinky.  Go back to first position by playing the first F# you encounter with your index finger.  This may seem unnatural at first, but this sort of technique is indispensable to playing tunes with very high parts.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Breakdowns and Reels

Waynesboro, Coming Down from Denver, Here and There, Hummingbird Reel

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