West Virginia Hornpipe

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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


Recording of Clark Kessinger released on the album Clark Kessinger: Sweet Bunch of Daisies


Whatever this is, it doesn’t sound like a hornpipe to me at all. In fact, it sounds suspiciously like a derivative of Done Gone. Much of the B part is technically in the key of F# minor (A major’s relative minor), and F# minor is the chord that is played in the B part. Look out for a bowed triplet in the B par the third time through. Kessinger used a little bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato. He played this very fast.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Done Gone, Charleston Number One

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