Gatesville (Ballenger)

As played by Lewis Thomasson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Lewis Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording on the album Texas Hoedown Revisited


This tune has been released twice under different names: Ballenger on the album Old Texas Fiddle Tunes Played the Old Way and Gatesville on the album Texas Hoedown Revisited. This transcription is of the Gatesville version. Either way, this is a great tune. The A part has a triplet spanning the fourth, third, and second strings, going to a note on the first string immediately thereafter. To play this, gently drag the bow across the strings. Don’t force it.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle

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