Big Sandy

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Strike Up the Bow


This bluegrass standard is from Goforth’s bluegrass period. In the recording, he played the tune five times through at breakneck speed, introducing variations in each repetition. I recommend the second time through the tune for learning it. A significant chordal variation is introduced in the A part the fourth time through.

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