Grey Eagle, The

As played by John Selleck from the California region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Southwest Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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Field Recording of John Selleck at the Library of Congress


This field recording of California fiddler John Selleck was made in 1939. Selleck attributed this version of Grey Eagle to “a big tall feller that came from Kentucky.” It is fairly unique among the versions of Grey Eagle that I have transcribed; it is in the key of G (whereas the tune is usually in A) and it has some really cool syncopation achieved by ties spanning across measures.

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