Rye Whiskey

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Waltz in A

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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Video recording made by John Hartford and posted on YouTube


To be honest, I find this widespread waltz to be trite, stale, and overplayed. But Goforth managed to breathe a little bit of life into the old chestnut, playing a rather difficult version. He played it in three parts, with the third part being the infamous pizzicato part. You will have to pizz and bow at the same time in places, and even chime and pizz and bow at the same time. I haven’t quite figured out how he chimed and pizzed, but maybe you can figure it out from watching the video below.

Tune to AEAC#.


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