Rose of My Heart

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Waltz in A

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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Recording of Clark Kessinger released on the album Clark Kessinger: Old Time Music with Fiddle and Guitar


Kessinger played this challenging waltz slowly, with lots of ornamentation. As with many waltzes, timing is the biggest challenge here. Look out for slow triplets, grace notes, and trills using sixteenth notes. He played most notes of one beat or greater as vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato. On notes marked with X, which are always F#s and the last note of a slow triplet, slide down from F# to F natural. (Limitations of my notation software prevented me from indicating the slide more clearly.)

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