Bill Cheatham (Bill Cheatum)

As played by Henry Reed from the Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

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Field Recording of Heny Reed made by Alan Jabbour, PhD and available at the Library of Congress


This is a pretty straightforward version of Bill Cheatum from Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. Play it with a little bit of swing. Look out for grace notes, sixteenth notes, and the occasional accidental.


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