Pop Goes the Weasel

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Jig in G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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78rpm Record


This recording from Clark Kessinger strikes me as odd. The backing guitarist was playing in 4/4 time, while Kessinger was playing in 6/8 time. So Kessinger was always playing three-over-four, resulting in a lot of swing. I didn’t try to document the swing; instead, I normalized it to straight 6/8. The “pop goes the weasel” part is played as pizzicato. Play the drone notes faintly. Kessinger also used some vibrato, which is denoted by squiggly lines to the left of notes to be played vibrato.

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