Cumberland Gap

As played by Gid Tanner from the Georgia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Skillet Lickers Collection

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Source:

78rpm Record

Comments:

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

While Georgia fiddler Gid Tanner normally focused on his overall minstrelsy rather than on his fiddling, he was actually a good fiddler when he concentrated on it. It really shows in his version of Cumberland Gap, which is a pretty nice setting of this widespread tune. Try this one if you’re bored with the usual settings. Look out for sixteenth notes and grace notes.


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