Sugar in the Gourd

As played by Gary Lee Moore from the Oklahoma region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Gary Lee Moore Collection

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


Recording of Gary Lee Moore (MP3 here)


This is Gary Lee Moore’s take on Sugar in the Gourd, a tune in the Turkey in the Straw tune family. This tune has a nice jazzy feel. Note the use of chords to emphasize certain beats in the A part, and look out for bowed triplets. The jazzy ending uses some vibrato, which I have notated as a wavy line in front of the notes in question.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle

Turkey in the Straw, Old Zip Coon, Natchez Under the Hill, Sugar in the Gourd

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