Sweetest Flower Waltz

As played by Anson Fuller from the Arkansas region

Waltz in C and F

From the Ozarks and Missouri Valley Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record


This transcription is sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell.

This is a lovely waltz with a stratospheric challenging C part. Although it would not be much of a challenge to a reasonably experienced classical violinist, it is likely to cause heartburn for nearly all fiddlers. The tune is structured AA BB A C B A’, where A’ is an A part modified to serve as an ending. The A and C parts are in the key of C, while the B part is in the key of F. This waltz is also a little crooked. The A part has an extra measure every other line. The C part is long and has two extra measures in the middle thereof.  

The C part also requires a lot of higher position playing, including difficult double-stops such as an E on the second string and a high C on the first string, an F and high D on the same strings, and a G and high E on the same strings. Although it may look scary, the proper intonation will come with practice. Lots of practice.

Fuller also used a good bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by squiggly lines to the left of notes to be played vibrato.


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