Laughing Boy

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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


Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Strike Up the Bow


This very challenging breakdown comes to us from Goforth’s bluegrass period. When learning the tune, I recommend ignoring the A part the first time through. The A part of the second time through the tune is more consistent, and will help you pick up the somewhat tricky bowing. Look out for accidentals, and play this tune very fast.

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