Quail is a Pretty Bird, The

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 really like The Quail is a Pretty Bird. I first heard the tune on John Hartford’s Hamilton Ironworks album. My original version is basically a simplified version of Hartford’s, though I play it a little more sophisticatedly these days. Goforth played most of the Cs in this piece somewhere between a C-natural and a C-sharp.

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