Scolding Wife

As played by Gary Lee Moore from the Oklahoma region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Gary Lee Moore Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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YouTube video of Gary Lee Moore (warning: foul language)


I really like this cool three-part version of Scolding Wife (contrast to Benny Thomasson’s simpler two-part version). The third part is somewhat reminiscent of the B part from Rat Cheese (Pike’s Peak). This tune contains many unison Es, and they were giving Moore some trouble. The first string kept squeaking on him. He eventually lost his temper with it, and gave a mild oath (at about 2:10 in the video below), after which one of the other players gave a stronger oath.

Beware of curses in the following video:


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