Cheat ‘Em (Bill Cheatum)

As played by Albert Lee “Red” Steeley from the Multiple Regions region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Texas and Oklahoma Collection

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78rpm Record


This is an early (1930) recording of Bill Cheatum by Alabama-to-Texas transplant “Red” Steeley. He played the tune five times through in the recording, with some nice but not drastic variations. On notes marked with an X, start on F natural then slide up a little, but not all the way to F#. Start a new bowstroke on the following F#. Steeley used this technique in other tunes as well.

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Bill Cheatum

Texas Fiddle

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