Black Eyed Susie

As played by Gid Tanner from the Georgia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Skillet Lickers Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record


This transcription is sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell.

Black Eyed Susie is a well-known but exceedingly simple song. Georgia fiddler Gid Tanner played it with a well-defined A part and a mostly well-defined B part. He played it ten times through in the recording (each part is rather short), so it may sound somewhat repetitive. The third time through is crooked, featuring two and a half extra measures. This is the only crooked repetition. Based on the drones and double-stops in the recording, it sounds as if Tanner was tuned to ADAE. If you want to play this transcription in standard tuning, merely ignore the low A drones (which you still could play in standard if you really want to anyway, but with less accuracy than Tanner achieved by tuning that string up to A).

Tune to ADAE (if you want to play low A drones).

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