Lost Indian

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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Recording of Clark Kessinger released on the album Clark Kessinger: Old Time Music with Fiddle and Guitar


This version of Lost Indian comes to us from West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger.  This is my favorite version of this tune so far.  Those with a bluegrass background may recognize this tune as Cherokee Shuffle, which was actually based on this version of Lost Indian.  This tune can be a little challenging.  Look out for unison notes and triplets.  Also, listen to Kessinger on the YouTube video below to hear where he added vocals to imitate the whoops of a dying Indian.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Breakdowns and Reels

Lost Indian, Cherokee Shuffle

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