Everybody to the Punchin’ (Puncheon)

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


78rpm Record


This nice, catchy breakdown features a great many slides. The term “punchin’” is likely a misspelling of “puncheon,” which refers to a type of wooden flooring. The only potential difficulty here is a passage in the second and fourth lines of the B part that goes up to a high D. I believe that Kessinger played this passage in third position, as there is a convenient slide from F# up to an A. Play the F# with your index finger, then slide the index finger up to A. You will then play the high D with your pinky and the B with your middle finger. This technique feels difficult and unnatural at first, but it is well worth mastering.

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