Sally Goodin (Key of A)

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Gene Goforth Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Video recording made by John Hartford and posted on YouTube


Goforth recorded Sally Goodin at least three times: for the Stike Up the Bow album, for the Eminence Breakdown album, and in a home video with John Hartford (available on YouTube). Of the three, I like the video version best. This transcription is of Goforth’s playing in the video.

Like Texas fiddler Eck Robertson’s seminal 1922 recording of Sally Goodin, Goforth’s version is a collection of virtuosic variations rather than a tune with well-defined parts and repetitions. I have numbered the distinct strains with Roman numerals. Several of them require you to hold an A on the third string while playing melody on the second. Strain XI is a minor variation. Strains IX and XII are high variations, going up to a high C# and a high E, respectively.


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