Sally Goodin

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Eck Robertson Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record (MP3 here)


This was one side of the first commercial country music record ever released.  Recorded in 1922, it features Eck Robertson on solo fiddle and continutes to set the standard for Texas-style renditions of Sally Goodin to this day.  It is easily the most intricate transcription I have ever done.

This is basically a set of variations, with 18 distinct parts which vary in difficulty.  Some of them are quite difficult indeed, such as requiring you to hold an A on the third string while playing the melody on the second string.  This is made easier by crosstuning to AEAE.  I made a recording of me playing at this, but decided not to post it.  Listen to the original instead.  If needed, you can use Audacity to slow the tempo down by 50% to 70%.

Play it if you dare!

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Sally Goodin

Texas Fiddle

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