Chicken in the Barnyard

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record


Kessinger played this interesting tune in three parts, imitating chicken noises to some degree in each part. The C part, introduced the third time through the tune, is almost entirely an imitation of chicken noises. The C part only appears in the third, fifth, and seventh times through the tune. This tune is heavily syncopated, so be very careful of the timing.

This YouTube video is from a later recording of Kessinger playing the same tune:


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