West Virginia Special

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in C and G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record


According to the Fiddler’s Companion, Kessinger assembled this tune from bits of other tunes. If anyone recognizes the source tunes, I would greatly appreciate it if you could post a comment or contact me so that I can point them out. There isn’t anything difficult in this tune. Look out for the key change (the A part is in the key of C, while the B part is in the key of G). Also look out for accidentals. Kessinger used a good bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato.

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