Little Nellie's Waltz

As played by Bob Larkan from the Arkansas region

Waltz in G

From the Bob Larkan Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record (Partial MP3 available at


Larkan’s fiddling in this lovely waltz was beautiful, but also sloppy. He sometimes dropped beats at the end of the A part, probably frustrating his accompanying pianist to no end. I do not believe that this was intentional, however, so I have straightened it out in the transcription.

This waltz is structured AA B. The B part goes up to a high C, and features a slide down from that high C followed by an open E on the first string. I would suggest quickly sliding down to about a G, then lifting your finger to sound the open E. Other than that, this waltz is fairly straightforward.

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