Gettin' Out the Way of the Federals

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in A mixolydian

From the Gene Goforth Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Gene Goforth: Eminence Breakdown


I think this tune might be distantly related to Seneca Squaredance, which sometimes shows up under the name Waiting for the Federals (rather the opposite of getting out of their way). The melody is quite simple, but there are passages in the B part where you will have to hold an A on the third string while playing melody on the second string. Note that Goforth played an extra B part the second time through the tune.

Jim D 2014-07-17 22:17:28
This tune is also known as "Shelby's Mules".