Little Brown Jug

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

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

Source:

78rpm Record

Comments:

This is one of those tunes that isn’t particularly difficult, but can be rather hard to play cleanly at speed. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this tune is a high B part variation that occurs in the third, fifth, and seventh times through the tune. In the second measure of this high variation, slide from G to B on the first string with your middle finger. This puts you in third position, so that in subsequent measures you will play the A, B, C#, and D with you index, middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, respectively. Kessinger also used some vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line next to the note to be played vibrato.


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