Walking in the Parlor

As played by Daniel Dix Hollis from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Daniel Dix Hollis Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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78rpm record (MP3 here)


Walking in the Parlor sounds a lot more crooked than it really is. In actuality, only the B part is technically crooked. Hollis’ setting consists of three parts: an eight-measure A part, a five measure B part, and a four measure C part. The C part is played from one to three times, and although the C part sounds crooked, it isn’t. The sixth and seventh times through the tune are exceptions to the above: they both consist of a modified A part (shortened to four measures), no B part, and a modified C part. Dr. Hollis bowed this tune fairly aggressively, using a lot of sawstroke. Look out for sixteenth notes.


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