White Horse Breakdown

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in G

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 Strike Up the Bow


White Horse Breakdown is a fast, very jazzy breakdown from Goforth’s bluegrass period. The jazzy feel is achieved by accidentals (primarily F-naturals and B-flats) and slides featuring these accidentals, as well as by syncopation. Some of the syncopation involves ties, so be on the lookout for them. The timing in the B part can be especially tricky, but it sounds great when properly executed.

Jim D 2014-09-28 02:47:37
According to the Washington Old Time Fidflers Association website, this tune was written by Bill Monroe and named after White Horse mountain in the state of Washington.