Wild Goose Chase

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


This tune is definitely related to, and Kessinger’s recording might possibly be the origin of, the Wild Goose tunes documented among Texas fiddlers (specifically, Lewis Thomasson and Eck Robertson). The Texas version uses harmonics to imitate goose calls, but Kessinger’s version relies on vibrato and high notes (up to a high D in some places). The vibrato only occurs on a D on the second string. In cases where this note is paired with an open D on the third string, only the stopped D is vibrato. The vibrato is noted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of the note to be played vibrato.

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