Soldier’s Joy

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Hornpipe in D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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


78rpm Record


This is West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger’s version of the old saw Soldier’s Joy. As I have said before, one of the hallmarks of a good fiddler is the ability to take a boring, overplayed tune and make it interesting. Kessinger certainly does it with this one, throwing in variations here and there that make this transcription worth a look. It isn’t difficult; the hardest thing this is probably a unison A here and there.

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