Three O'Clock in the Morning

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Waltz in G and C

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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


Recording of Clark Kessinger released on the album Clark Kessinger: Old Time Music with Fiddle and Guitar


This is one of the easier Kessinger waltzes I have transcribed so far. At least there are no difficult double-stops, so you can focus on timing. This waltz changes key; Kessinger played the A part twice in the key of G, then switched to the key of C and played the B part once, and finally switched back to the key of G for one final B part. The A part has one triplet that should be played with spiccato bowing; the notes of this triplet are marked with Xs. Kessinger used vibrato throughout this piece; notes to be played vibrato are marked with a squiggly line to their immediate left. In the very final measure, play the three grace notes slowly as you ascend to the last chord.

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