Little Brown Jug

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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78rpm Record


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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