Girl I Left Behind Me

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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78rpm Record


West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger played a marvelous version of the well-known tune The Girl I Left Behind Me. He played it several times through in the recording, introducing some really nice variations. I particularly like some of the B part variations the fifth time through the tune. Overall, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Look out for the syncopation, and also for F naturals that Kessinger used as blue notes to great effect. Kessinger also used some vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato.

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Girl I Left Behind Me, The

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