Katy Hill (Sally Johnson)

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Gene Goforth Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Video recording made by John Hartford and posted on YouTube


Goforth played a really nice version of Katy Hill (aka Sally Johnson) and thankfully John Hartford had a video made of it. The video cuts in about halfway through an A part, so I started transcribing there and called that the first time through the tune. There are multiple places where you have to play on the third and fourth strings, then immediately play on the first and second strings. This is fairly common in Texas fiddling (though Goforth was a Missouri fiddler), and is accomplished by quickly dragging the bow across the strings.


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Katy Hill (Sally Johnson)

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