Money Musk (Roy Wooliver’s Money Musk)

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 Gene Goforth: Eminence Breakdown


Gene Goforth apparently learned this version of the widespread tune Money Musk from thieving Missouri fiddler Roy Wooliver. (In fact, the tune is listed as Roy Wooliver’s Money Musk on the album Eminence Breakdown.) Goforth played it in three parts, with the B part requiring you to hold an A on the third string while playing melody on the second string. This would be easier if you play this tune cross-tuned to AEAE, but I don’t think Goforth did so. He didn’t play the C part the last time through the tune. As an interesting tidbit of information, the Fiddler’s Companion reports that the title Money Musk was originally Muine Muisc, Scots’ Gaelic for “noxious weed.”

Here’s a YouTube video of Gene Goforth fiddling Money Musk with John Hartford on banjo:


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